President Trump’s decision to save the children of illegal immigrants in exchange for beefed-up border security is the right thing to do.
To make the deal, Trump had to come to an arrangement with the Democrats, for which be got lambasted by his hard-ass conservative critics and by his hardcore supporters.
But this is not a deal with the devil. It’s a deal with the angel of mercy. These undocumented immigrants had no say in the matter when they were brought into this country as youngsters by their parents.
Many of the so-called Dreamers went on to get good educations, hold down jobs and contribute to the economy. Some, as Trump tweeted, also serve in the military.
The arrangement to spare them from deportation cafter Trump invited his most fierce critics, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), to the White House for a Chinese dinner.
“Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent,” he tweeted, referring to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program put in place by former President Obama.
In a joint statement after dining with Trump, Schumer and Pelosi said: “We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides.”
But Trump insisted a wall will be built by enlarging and renovating existing physical barriers. The DACA deal has to be approved by the House and the Senate.