Before we begin with Trump’s new decree, I want to highlight this portion of yesterday’s AP report that Trump is embracing the fight over immigration:
Several White House aides, led by adviser Stephen Miller, have encouraged the president to make immigration a defining issue for the midterms. And Trump has told advisers he believes he looks strong on the matter, suggesting that it could be a winning culture war issue much like his attacks on NFL players who take a knee for the national anthem.
This is the context that locking children up in cages and creating baby prisons is taking place within: it’s popular amongst Republicans and no one else.
So keep that in mind when you hear about Trump's supposed concern over this issue. If this horror didn't make Republicans politically unpalatable amongst independents, they would certainly continue it unabated. Per the New York Times:
President Trump is preparing to issue an executive order as soon as Wednesday that ends the separation of families at the border by indefinitely detaining parents and children together, according to a person familiar with the White House plans.
Stories of children being taken from their parents and images of teenagers in cage-like detention facilities have exploded into a full-blown political crisis for Mr. Trump and Republican lawmakers, who are desperate for a response to critics who have called the practice “inhumane” and “evil.”
Trump doesn't need to issue an executive order to end this, and we shouldn't assume that what is being drawn up will actually address the issue.
This ordeal is proof that Trump will literally do anything that Republicans support, and Republicans will support anything that Trump does. This is why Republican Senator Bob Corker used the word “cult” to describe his concerns with his party.
Jacob Weindling is a staff writer for Paste politics. Follow him on Twitter at @Jakeweindling.