President Trump’s new immigration proposal Saturday marked a retreat on three different areas of policy, in what the White House said was a “good-faith” effort to try to break the gridlock that for more than a decade has thwarted every effort to strike a compromise on the thorny issue.
In each of those areas — the Obama-era DACA program, Temporary Protected Status and a new path for asylum for children in Central America — Mr. Trump has actually canceled the Obama administration’s initiatives.
On Saturday he embraced restoring them and writing them into law, giving them a permanency Mr. Obama could never win.
In exchange, he’s asking for $5.7 billion for his border wall-building plans, as well as changes to make it easier to deport illegal immigrant families, cutting down on abuses of the asylum system — both items he’s long sought.
And he also proposed items both sides generally agree on, such as more technology to scan for drugs in vehicles at legal border crossings, and a boost in the number of immigration judges to cut into the backlog of cases.