Truth be told, Democrats mainly want to accomplish two things with respect to immigration policy: 1) to grant amnesty to as many illegal immigrants as possible because they are confident they will ultimately be Democratic voters and 2) to use the issue to slander Republicans as anti-Hispanic. If you doubt this, do a Google search sometime using the search word "nativism" -- barely a euphemism for racism.
If Democratic leaders don't actually want to protect the border, what room is there for compromise on this issue?
Most people who tout compromise and bipartisanship as wonderful goals in general are liberals, people who think like liberals or those not particularly on top of politics.
Democrats, under cover of liberal media distortion, routinely condemn the alleged partisanship of Republicans while exhibiting their own partisanship and uncompromising attitude. Obama demands that Republicans "stop just hatin' all the time" and work with him, all while mocking their proposals and fomenting public hatred against Republicans.
Obama casts Ronald Reagan conservatives as extremists, ridicules and taunts them, and then demands they work with him -- to achieve his ends, not theirs.
On this very border issue, Obama berated Republicans for not working with him and in the next breath said that all they need to do is pass his $3.7 billion bill to deal with the problem. He did not say, "We can start with my proposal, listen to the Republicans' suggestions to modify it and agree on a compromise." His idea of compromise is that Republicans accept his proposal in full, no changes. This is the type of man we are dealing with. There is no compromising in him.
Obama and his party use demands for compromise as a weapon against Republicans to achieve their own political ends -- without compromise. Just this week, Obama repeated that he doesn't want to issue executive orders on immigration but that he will be forced to if Republicans won't work with him. Has any other president advanced this absurd argument that Congress' refusal to bend to his dictates would justify his usurpation of Congress' Article 1 legislative authority? This is breathtaking in its transparent cynicism.
President Obama is anything but a bipartisan politician interested in compromise. He is an ideologue determined to accomplish his policy goals by whatever means it takes, including using compromise as a blunt propaganda tool to achieve his way -- period, rather than as a process to meet his political opponents halfway.
Compromise, especially when dealing with an unbending ideologue and propagandist like Obama, is no virtue.
Republicans should pursue what is best for America and the American people, and that means working within the system and rule of law -- though Obama refuses to -- to defeat and thwart Obama's destructive agenda.