Trump says he's ready to close the southern border if necessary

Trump says he's ready to close the southern border if necessary

Trump says he's ready to close the southern border if necessary

Trump suggested Mexico had stepped up its efforts to keep Central American migrants from moving north in the past two days.

On the Mexican side, Andres Morales Arreola, head of operations for border crossings in Chihuahua state, said the border between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso had "collapsed" because so many U.S. border officials have been reassigned to deal with the migrant influx. He also said that he might only close "large sections of the border" and "not all of it".

Detroit's Big Three in Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler all pointed to a statement from the American Automotive Policy Council when approached for comment on Trump's threats.

"People are acknowledging now there actually is a crisis".

The president will visit the border himself when he goes to Calexico, California on Friday.

Del Campo Supreme, a tomato distribution company in Nogales, already is getting calls from United States supermarket chains anxious that a border shutdown will affect the supply of tomatoes from Mexico, said Jim Munguia, the sales manager. "Sometimes it's not a flawless little anecdote that encapsulates everything".

López Obrador said he would not have a confrontation with the United States. Areas along the U.S. -Mexico border would experience the most direct impact, but ripple effects could spread beyond the region.

Travelers and truckers coming from Mexico have, however, faced huge lines at the border since last week, caused by the Trump administration's decision to reassign hundreds of border officers to deal with migrants.

"I actually sent out a memo today to my sales staff and my buyers saying, "hey, this is something we need to address", said Palmisano. "And we all agree that the building, expansion and strengthening of the border wall has been one of many effective tools, and will continue to be an effective tool, in the rescuing of trafficked children".

In a country where 36 million people are of Mexican descent and roughly one million people and almost half a million vehicles cross the border every day, the separation of families, of workers from their jobs and students from their schools would inflict vast hardship.

Other netizens struck the same tone, claiming that the looming shortage of avocados is a "reason enough for uprising" and that "perhaps Trump wants to kill Americans through starvation".

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".

Although Trump is making his argument on security grounds, the reality is that there will be an economic element to a border closure, Wilson said. This is something no US president has ever done!

"I actually think that the economic argument to not shut down ports of entry is an incredibly powerful one. I have nephews who come to UTEP, to grade school, to high school every day", Salas said. "They're taking advantage of the United States". "That's because a quick look at the numbers reveals that sealing off the southern border could lead to economic consequences even more devastating than a trade war with the Chinese".

"The question is: Can we deal with that, and not have economic damage?"

"Yes, illegal border crossings at the southwest border are on the rise, but they are still very low by historical standards, running at 44,000 per month over the past year (and 66,000 in February.) Twelve years ago, they averaged more than 70,000 a month and sometimes exceeded 100,000 in a single month".

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