Yes, agree with you: it’s all kind of “all or nothing” these days. Then again, if someone comes up to you on the street, punches you in the face 10 times, and then invites you over for dinner, you might not be inclined to go. You might say “that’s politics”, but it isn’t. President Obama’s approach of starting from a place of conciliation was no better. On the immigration issue for instance, yes Democrats were in favor of mostly vehicle barriers in the past. As I’ve pointed out many times in my column Democrats in the past also supported many other things Trump wants, in bipartisan comprehensive immigration legislation: an end to visa lottery, and end to “chain migration”, etc. But that legislation also included an expansion of numbers of legal immigrants and more refugees too, as well as a path to citizenship for Dreamers. Most of which Trump is not offering right now. So basically it’s half of what Democrats previously supported without the half that made them want to do the deal (along with a lot of Republicans but not enough). Trump should have major influence in shaping immigration policy; he is the President. At the same time it’s another example of what I call “unity — as long as it means everyone agreeing to 100% of what Trump wants.”

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