Historic compromise could come in the wake of Trump's address

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  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 5, 2018 6:42 a.m.

    @ AZ Eagle

    "Sorry Dems, but your squad had your chance. Time to let the grownups get the jobs done that you failed to do when you had the golden opportunity of a lifetime!"

    I recall Marco Rubio wigging out when the "Gang of Eight" was seeking a bi-partisan solution to the immigration problem a few years ago, largely because he knew he'd be running for president and the GOP base would have crucified him had he worked toward a solution.

    But finger-pointing isn't going to solve the problem. DREAMERS see the USA as their "golden opportunity" and I see no evidence any of them are squandering that opportunity.

  • AZ Eagle ,
    Feb. 4, 2018 8:18 p.m.

    Larry Pressler speaks the truth and he is absolutely right.

    There is one fact which the haters of President Trump have forgotten. When the Democrats held the Presidency AND the Congress in 2009 through 2011, WHY didn't they fix the DACA problem, raise taxes on the rich, and do everything they want Trump to do for them now?

    The Democrats might as well admit they failed to do their jobs. Now they are acting like two year old brats throwing a tantrum on the floor: "We want our way!" Sorry Dems, but your squad had your chance. Time to let the grownups get the jobs done that you failed to do when you had the golden opportunity of a lifetime!

  • Sutton Cedar City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2018 9:39 a.m.

    who is smarter?
    people who spend billions of dollars on a wall, or the people who spend 20 dollars for a ladder?

  • pragmatistferlife Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2018 9:09 a.m.

    Build the wall as soon as the check from Mexico clears.

    Mexico paying for the wall was an integral part of the wall promise. Go back and listen. Time and time again Trump linked the building of the wall to Mexico paying for it.

    Why does he get a complete pass on this promise? Because it's ridiculous? Is it anymore ridiculous than a 30 foot concrete wall solving our immigration issues? Of course not. Even here multiple people including the author have admitted the wall is ridiculous...but cheap. Here's what ridiculous and cheap, insist not one American dollar goes into the wall that we were "promised" we wouldn't have to pay for.

    Quit picking and choosing parts of the promise.

  • BarVincent Visalia, CA
    Feb. 3, 2018 11:58 p.m.

    @-Utah Girl
    I think you misunderstood

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 3, 2018 7:23 p.m.

    @ Hugh1

    "Their children are collateral damage - little humans who live among us, but now without value or purpose."

    It's hard to believe a condescending, racist comment like that could escape the moderator.

    DREAMERS serve in the military. They are teachers and lawyers. They are in the health care profession. They attend our colleges and universities. They own businesses. They have been through a demanding vetting process.

    Calling DREAMERS "collateral damage" and "without value or purpose" only illuminates who the "little human" is, Hugh1.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2018 6:24 p.m.

    Generally the argument from Republicans has been in the past to reduce illegal immigration and increase legal immigration. Now it's to reduce illegal immigration and reduce legal immigration. Democrats are not going to accept the latter notion.

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    Feb. 3, 2018 5:57 p.m.

    It needs to be remembered, when Reagan gave Amnesty to illegal aliens their status was permanently changed. The promised border security measures never materialized.

    The giving of legal status or a path to citizenship to Dreamers will also be permanent. There needs to be real Immigration Reform that cant be changed easily by a different president. Same for the funding of the wall or other border security measures. We need a virtual wall, not a full length monument to stupidity.

  • Hugh1 Denver, CO
    Feb. 3, 2018 4:57 p.m.

    Trump made a great concession - if he was a politician who would keep his word and deliver on a promise, but he isn't. It looks to me that Trump will so undermine the Republican party that Democrats will take control of Congress in 2018 or 2020 and the Presidency in 2020. Democrats will reverse all of Trumps executive orders. I hope they learn that morality trumps sleazy and that single party dominance is a temporary political fix for the base, but not for US.

    As for the Dreamers and their families? We hired their parents to work at jobs that Americans wouldn't do. We used them for our purposes and now we want them gone. Their children are collateral damage - little humans who live among us, but now without value or purpose.

  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2018 4:33 p.m.

    I, for one, enjoy reading Senator Pressler's opinions. I may not agree with everything he says, but for the most part he expresses ideas that opens doors to new thinking and to new approaches to the political issues we all face. Thanks to him and to this paper for hosting his opinion pieces. I look forward to reading many more in the future.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Feb. 3, 2018 12:42 p.m.

    “President Trump made a great concession in offering the Dreamers a path to citizenship. “

    Ha! Poor ol’ Larry Pressler! You would think he would have developed some savvy after all those years in Washington.

    Trump has ALREADY rebutted that so-called “concession” to the dreamers, hasn’t he? Trump changes his mind so often, he can’t even remember what his last position was on any given subject.

    Trump is dizzy, and his supporters and apologists are even dizzier. They can’t keep up with Trump’s decrees because Trump can’t even keep up with Trump’s decrees. Republican politicians can’t be counted on to deliver on anything anymore.

    This infamous “memo” is a case in point. It was supposed to be earth shattering, and it turned out to be just . . . Well . . . Dumb.

    Hey Christoph -

    Re: "Truth and goodness and community and honesty and family will always prevail."

    Well good! But that means Trump's days are numbered, doesn't it?

  • Sportsfan123 Salt lake, UT
    Feb. 3, 2018 11:41 a.m.

    I agree with this article - Trump is trying to find compromise both sides need to give a little and take a little.

    However the dems are so bent on destroying Trump and so filled with hate towards him I have many doubts that there will be any compromise on the dems side of the isle.

    It almost appears the dems really dont care about their daca program and protecting the people, true colors come out.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Feb. 3, 2018 11:34 a.m.

    Go ahead and build the wall. It will make no difference to "national security." If the children get to stay, the ridiculous wall is a small price to pay.

    I just wish it wasn't my pesos paying for it, even though I was "promised" otherwise.

  • hobblecreek CA, 00
    Feb. 3, 2018 11:25 a.m.

    The morals of Christianity are being trounced upon by this President. There is nothing in his personal actions that personify him as a moral person. You may like his accomplishments that support your political agenda but do not equate his actions as supporting Christianity.
    As for the comment in the article suggesting to give the President his wall so that he will then help the dreamers., sounds reminiscent of give the little boy a sucker so he'll stop screaming. Both issues need to be dealt with on merit. There can be a compromise within both, independent of the other.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 3, 2018 11:03 a.m.

    Trump stuck to the script. That's all it takes for him to be lauded with success.
    He is, however, still trump. Just like last time he stuck to the script, a year ago, he has not changed. He's still as abrasive, divisive and crass as ever. There's no unity to be had around him.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 3, 2018 10:50 a.m.

    "I think the Democrats should give him the wall — it was his campaign pledge from day one and the American people elected him president of the United States."

    No. You intentionally omitted the big talking point. Trump promised that Mexico would pay for the wall. We don't have the money for a wall not that Trump rammed the tax giveaway down the throats of the Middle Class and increased our debt by 1.5 Trillion dollars.

    "Thus, I think Trump’s speech set the stage for a great national compromise."

    I guess you missed the part where, just hours later, Trump tweeted insults to Congressional Democrats. That's not setting the stage for great national compromise. No one trusts Trump's word anymore and no one works with people that continually call them names and hurl insults.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2018 10:48 a.m.

    @Christoph "Christianity under attack, becomes a very united Christianity. "

    But Trump's movement is in no way Christian, rather it is fascist. This is evidenced by Trump's personal immorality, his lies, and his racism. The religious right wing is being used. You are being used. Sure, he will give you some things along the way, like conservative judges. But this is only until he is firmly in control.

    Then you will see Trump's fascism in full flower and it will be ugly.

  • Password Lincoln, NE
    Feb. 3, 2018 10:16 a.m.

    I have an even better compromise we get the wall and the illegal aliens get the boot!

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2018 9:52 a.m.

    We remember a speech by how we 'felt' during the speech, and we felt hope and goodness into the future. The opposition party will not be unified in coming years, and will fight among themselves. Christianity under attack, becomes a very united Christianity. Even being a minority worldwide, Christianity united is a power. Truth and goodness and community and honesty and family will always prevail.