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Post-shutdown, can there be sane debate over immigration policy?

KAL on the Trump shutdown.
KAL on the Trump shutdown. (KAL/Baltimore Sun)

I was stunned to read The Sun's editorial page and see the word "Trump" immediately followed with the words "did the right thing" (“The shutdown is over but federal employees can’t rest easy,” Jan. 25). Perhaps water may flow uphill on occasions. However, right after this stunning admission, The Sun returns to form and lambastes President Donald Trump for the shutdown as well as anticipated future bad faith negotiations with Democrats concerning immigration reform and border security.

Conspicuously absent is any reference to the cynical and dishonest conduct by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats. Walls — oops — "physical barriers" (in the words of The Sun) already exist on the border between Mexico and the United States, and more such structures are currently under construction. The problem for Democrats and The Sun is not a wall. The problem is a Trump wall. Neither The Sun nor Democrats can stomach a wall and a win with the Trump name on it. Shakespeare is wrong. A Trump wall by any other name is not the same.

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Hopefully, this entire shutdown debacle will result in much-needed immigration reform, relief for dreamers and border security. The Sun is not betting on it because of President Trump. The flip side is we are expected to believe good faith negotiations from Democrats to support border security when party leaders advocate for the abolition of ICE, support sanctuary cities and believe undocumented immigrants are fully entitled to the same safety net benefits as taxpayer citizens.

Milton Friedman's warning that you can't have a welfare state and open borders goes unheeded. Let's hope sanity is not temporary.

Robert C. Erlandson, Lutherville

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