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Trump gives Democrats the perfect defense on immigration

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President Trump is poised to sign the government funding bill, however grudgingly. The Post reports, “A White House official told The Washington Post on Wednesday morning that Trump sees signing the legislation, if passed by Congress, as the way to avoid another shutdown.” Of course he needs a fig leaf so the White House will “likely pursue an executive order to reallocate additional federal funds to barrier projects.”

The promise of moving around funds is so vague at this point it is hard to assess whether it will survive legal challenge. If for example, Trump takes money from victims of California fires and mud slides, I imagine California congressmen including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will object. And you can be certain California (or whatever state’s pocket get picked for Trump’s face-saving move) will sue in court. The issue is likely to be tied up in court for a while, and unlike the Republican House majority that........

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