Hitting the Wall

President Trump and the Democrats remain irreconcilable on border security.

It is no stretch to argue that without his vow to build a wall on our border with Mexico, Donald Trump would never have been elected president. And failure to build the wall, or at least to make a good start at it, will likely ensure that he serves only one term. This was the context—along with the ongoing federal government shutdown, over this issue—for the president’s announcement last night of a “crisis of the heart” at the nation’s southern border. It is unlikely that the president’s speech, or the Democrats’ response, will do much to resolve the standoff.