Before the government went dark last week, Sen. Chuck Schumer went to the floor to confess. With progressive hawks watching, the minority leader admitted sheepishly that he had “reluctantly put the border wall on the table” in exchange for “strong DACA protections.” It didn’t work. President Trump said no deal.
But a week later, the White House announced that the president will support a pathway to citizenship for the “Dreamers” so long as his border wall gets built. Trump more or less accepts what Schumer offered. If Democrats were ever serious about a deal, they will take the latest offer, because it will never get better.
While more details are coming, the latest Trump-offer isn’t that different from the late Schumer-offer.
The White House wants a reported $25 billion for a wall trust fund. Schumer offered as much as $20 billion. The White House will provide a path to citizenship for 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children. Schumer never asked for a specific number, but the White House offer tracks what the bipartisan Durbin-Graham offer included.