President Trump could make a lot of history—good history—in the next two weeks. But he needs to reach back to his inner gambler to do so.
If he tosses aside the counsels of his usual advisers on immigration, Trump can break the deadlock, fix the border-security immigration mess, and in so doing, earn a lasting place in U.S. history among the most consequential presidents.
President Johnson—as a Southerner—relished being the president to deliver the Civil Rights Act of 1964. No fair reading of the history of those critical laws can overlook Johnson’s absolutely essential decision to throw in with a politically perilous position that ran counter to his solid supporters in the segregationist South.
But “going big” today on border security and immigration means going bigger than what Trump offered last Saturday.
Trump needs to solve the interrelated problems of border security, the Dreamers and, yes, all the undocumented.
Go big, Mr. President.