Trump is being privately advised by multiple people inside and outside the White House that closing the border is a bad idea. Advisers told him it’s not a sustainable option, underscored how it would disrupt the economy and noted it would anger local border officials throughout the country. Trump sees it a different way — and thinks the move could save the US money.
Mulvaney has told Trump he thinks the base would support the move, like they did his national emergency declaration…
Part of the Monday scramble included a meeting between Stephen Miller, an immigration hardliner, and other aides who weighed presenting new immigration laws to Congress, including potential changes to asylum rules, so they could then shift the blame for recent record-breaking immigration numbers to lawmakers.
It’s unclear whether that will happen.