Trump Base Wants Immigration Compromise

Why can’t lawmakers in Washington compromise on immigration? Conventional wisdom blames President Trump’s political base, with its uncompromising hostility toward immigrants. That turns out to be nonsense.

I fielded a poll with YouGov’s Doug Rivers in early February that asked about an immigration compromise: Would you support legislation with $5.7 billion for a U.S.-Mexico border wall paired with permanent legal status for aliens covered by President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program? Republican voters…


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