A sensible compromise is needed on Dreamers and border security

A sensible compromise is needed on Dreamers and border security

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The Washington skyline is seen on day 19 of a partial government shutdown on the morning after President Donald Trump used a prime-time TV address from the Oval Office to urge congressional Democrats to relent on their opposition to his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. From left are the Lincoln Memorial, the Washingtonton Monument, and the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) In 1858, Abraham Lincoln famously warned, “A house divided against itself cannot stand… half slave and half free… It will become all one thing or all the other.” In 2019, Americans of all political persuasions must come to grips with a similar reality; this country cannot endure permanently half legal and half illegal. We either believe in the sovereignty of our borders or we don’t. If we chose the latter over the former, we will punt away our birthright and America will be a nation in name only. It’s that simple. And that complex. Our government is in shutdown mode with the President threatening to invoke emergency powers to pay for construction of a border wall Congress has refused to fund. Our previous President also bypassed Congress. Before signing his Dream Act executive order, President Obama warned, “If congress won’t act, I will.” Today it’s the Democrats who refuse to act. And like the Republicans under Obama, they will undoubtedly turn to the courts if President Trump makes good on his threat. How did we get to this sorry state of affairs? More importantly, […]

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