The Corner

Politics & Policy

Is President Trump Going to Give Away the ‘DREAM Act’?

Per The Hill, Trump will not ask for wall funding in return for a legislative “DREAM Act.” 

The cynic would say that this reveals that Trump is in favor of DACA’s substance — if not its implementation — and that he has been all along. And perhaps that’s true. Regardless, such a pitiful, preemptive cave demonstrates just how badly Trump’s sense of opportunity has rotted since he got to Washington, D.C. The argument Trump should make here is a simple one, and it goes a little like this: “Barack Obama ordered DACA unilaterally, which was illegal; in so doing, he bypassed Congress, and thereby bypassed both meaningful debate and necessary compromise; Congress exists to debate and compromise, and the country is split; therefore, by returning this issue to Congress I am both restoring the right constitutional balance, and making sure that both sides get a chance to get a win.”

What a compromise on the DREAM Act would look like would be up to the various players. Perhaps Trump would ask for wall funding, and make that the price of his signature? Perhaps Steve King would demand E-verify, and convince the White House to go alone? Whatever the contours, they would soon come out of the debate. And yet that debate now looks unlikely to happen. Why? Because Trump’s giving away his leverage before the talking has even begun. Whatever happened to the Art of the Deal?

Most Popular

White House

On the Bidens, Schiff Opened the Door

You opened the door. Trial lawyers live in fear of that phrase. When a trial starts, both sides know what the allegations are. Both have had enough discovery to know what the adversary will try to prove. Just as significantly, both know what their own vulnerabilities are. A litigator spends his pretrial ... Read More
White House

On the Bidens, Schiff Opened the Door

You opened the door. Trial lawyers live in fear of that phrase. When a trial starts, both sides know what the allegations are. Both have had enough discovery to know what the adversary will try to prove. Just as significantly, both know what their own vulnerabilities are. A litigator spends his pretrial ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Clarence Thomas Speaks

Those who know Justice Clarence Thomas say that any perception of him as dour or phlegmatic couldn't be more off-base. He's a charming, gracious, jovial man, full of bonhomie and easy with a laugh, or so I'm told by people who know him well. On summer breaks he likes to roam around the country in an RV and stay ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Clarence Thomas Speaks

Those who know Justice Clarence Thomas say that any perception of him as dour or phlegmatic couldn't be more off-base. He's a charming, gracious, jovial man, full of bonhomie and easy with a laugh, or so I'm told by people who know him well. On summer breaks he likes to roam around the country in an RV and stay ... Read More
World

Alarmists Were Wrong about the Soleimani Strike

Two weeks ago, the United States seemed on the brink of starting another war in the Middle East after a drone strike killed Iran’s most notorious spymaster, Qasem Soleimani, as he departed an international airport in Baghdad. The shadowy general, in charge of the Iranian equivalent of the CIA, was one of the ... Read More
World

Alarmists Were Wrong about the Soleimani Strike

Two weeks ago, the United States seemed on the brink of starting another war in the Middle East after a drone strike killed Iran’s most notorious spymaster, Qasem Soleimani, as he departed an international airport in Baghdad. The shadowy general, in charge of the Iranian equivalent of the CIA, was one of the ... Read More
U.S.

Nadler’s Folly

Jerry Nadler must have missed the day in law school where they teach you about persuasion. The House Democrat made a critical error early in the trial of President Trump. He didn’t just say that Republican senators, who voted to begin the proceedings without calling witnesses, were part of a cover-up. He said ... Read More
U.S.

Nadler’s Folly

Jerry Nadler must have missed the day in law school where they teach you about persuasion. The House Democrat made a critical error early in the trial of President Trump. He didn’t just say that Republican senators, who voted to begin the proceedings without calling witnesses, were part of a cover-up. He said ... Read More