WH Scrambles To Form Legislative Plan To Keep Trump From Closing Border

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 01: U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he leaves a First Step Act celebration in the East Room of the White House April 01, 2019 in Washington, DC. The First Step Act passed Congress with bip... WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 01: U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he leaves a First Step Act celebration in the East Room of the White House April 01, 2019 in Washington, DC. The First Step Act passed Congress with bipartisan support in December 2018, prompting the release of more than 500 inmates as a result. Trump praised the reform legislation as proof that the United States "believes in redemption." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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April 2, 2019 8:04 a.m.

Trump administration officials are reportedly in a state of “panic,” in Politico’s words, over how to keep President Trump from closing down the southern border as he has threatened to do via Twitter.

Several administration officials who spoke to Politico described the White House as “freaked out” over the harm a border shutdown could cause. Panic is so high that officials are even considering working with Congress on the issue: they’re scrambling to put together some type of legislative fix that would “tighten immigration laws,” Politico reported.

Trump threatened on Twitter last week he’d close the southern border (or portions of it) if Mexico didn’t figure out a way to halt “illegal immigration immediately.”

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