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Strike a Deal on Trump’s Wall

The president is wrong, but Democrats should agree to a compromise and move on.

Let him call it a win.

Let him call it a win.

Photographer: Paul Ratje/AFP/Getty Images

It’s depressing — but at the same time fitting — that the new Congress has come to town in the midst of another government shutdown. For the moment President Trump sees tactical advantage in extending his dispute with Congress over funding his “wall.” Most of the country would be grateful if he and the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives came to terms and let the government get back to doing its job.

A deal of the kind recently floated by Senator Lindsey Graham ought to be possible: Allow the administration additional funding for border security while extending protections for so-called Dreamers (young people brought illegally to the U.S. as children) as well as for several hundred thousand holders of Temporary Protected Status. This would afford both sides a partial win.