Trump turns the tables on immigration

The White House’s proposal to Congress would provide a legal path to citizenship for 1.8 million “Dreamers” who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and a $25 billion “trust fund” to build the border wall. It would also sharply curtail legal immigration by ending the nation’s diversity visa lottery program and limiting the ability of legal immigrants to sponsor family members who are not spouses or children.

By offering to protect Dreamers who had signed up for President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and those who didn’t, he’s putting pressure on Democrats and their allies to concede to him not just on advance funding for the wall with the “trust fund” but also to consider changes to the legal immigration system.

That is, his opening bid offers them what they’ve been clamoring for, but at a steep price.