In September, we said blame for the fact its beneficiaries live in limbo today as a result of President Trump's decision to rescind President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program in six months rests with Congress.
The unwillingness or inability of Congress (both sides of the political aisle within Congress) to meet its responsibility for finding solutions to illegal immigration-related challenges is why we are where we are, we wrote.
Our hope, we said, was Trump's DACA decision would result in the kind of comprehensive legislation from Congress for which the issue of illegal immigration - and its attendant legal, social, economic and security implications - begs. We said we hoped this legislation would protect DACA beneficiaries - individuals who were brought to this country illegally as children - so they may remain here legally for work and study. In our view, the unique circumstances in which they arrived through no fault of their own, their contributions to our nation and human compassion demand something more for DACA recipients than deportation.
We don't know how the debate will end, but we believe the fact immigration reforms, including a permanent DACA solution, is the focus of intense debate in Washington, D.C., today is a result of Trump's action.
We give Trump additional credit for making what in our view is a reasonable DACA proposal of his own. The two pieces of his proposal making headlines are his offer of a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, including DACA enrollees, and $25 billion for improved border security.
We believe Trump's proposal, which also includes changes to chain migration and the visa lottery system, provides a place from which to start a substantive, valuable discussion. In our view, it represents White House leadership.
With an issue as broad and complex as immigration, no one side will get everything it wants. As with health care, the way forward for Congress on this issue is through a once-time-honored approach used effectively in Washington throughout our history to forge agreements on difficult issues for the greater good of the country.
It's called working together. It involves a willingness to embrace compromise.
Extremists on both the left and right who insist on everything will produce nothing. Somewhere between a position of an open border and citizenship for everyone and a position of round them all up and deport them all lies reasoned answers to challenging illegal immigration questions.
With a brief federal government shutdown and new budget agreement behind them (Trump signed the budget agreement on Friday), it's time for Congress to do its job - a position Trump's executive action in September forced - on this vexing subject.
DACA for border security strikes us as a good place to start crafting a deal.