Democrats will lose this fall by fighting over immigration now

By agreeing to a deal on immigration, whether it be one that the president has proposed or one that Congress is now working on, the Democrats can simultaneously take the issue off the table and score what will be perceived as a victory on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for individuals whose parents brought them to the United States as minors and through no fault of their own find themselves here illegally.

Despite vocal resistance to the president, the party appears to have not learned its lesson from 2016. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) eight-and-a-half-hour speech last week and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) federal government shutdown in late January were not only wrongheaded, but were politically destructive.

By focusing exclusively on the Dreamers and offering no practical limits on immigration, much less any border security, the Democrats are in the process of writing their own political obituary for November and beyond. But a deal with President Trump can turn this perennially difficult issue into an electoral benefit. Here’s how.