White House considers strategies to reduce economic hit if border is shutdown

White House considers strategies to reduce economic hit if border is shutdown

White House considers strategies to reduce economic hit if border is shutdown

The Homeland Security Secretary has likened the immigration crisis to a "Cat 5 hurricane disaster" and revealed plans to send soldiers along the Mexican border.

Congress must get together and immediately eliminate the loopholes at the Border!

"We understand ... there's problems and challenges at the border, there's been thousands of detentions, but by closing the border, you will not solve the situation, you will not solve the issue", he said.

US President Donald Trump gestures during the National Republican Congressional Committee Annual Spring Dinner on April 2, 2019, in Washington, DC.

Trump threatened on Friday to close the border this week unless Mexico acted.

"U.S. trade with Mexico exceeds $1.7 billion daily, and almost half a million people legally cross the southern border every day as workers, students, shoppers, and tourists".

"Sure it's going to have a negative impact on the economy", he told reporters, while saying it was possible that only certain sections of the border could be closed.

Meanwhile, President Trump doubled down on his threat to close the U.S. -Mexico border in a recent tweet.

That has business groups anxious, and they predict chaos in manufacturing supply chains and related economic fallout if the USA closed the border. The system is overwhelmed.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told CNBC that the administration is looking at ways to minimize economic pain and keep truck lanes open in the event of a border closure.

"I've talked to various officials and DHS and others who are more knowledgeable than I, and that is possible".

Avocados crossing from Mexico into Texas were fetching more than $60 per 25 pound-carton, up from about $42 a week ago and $38 a year ago, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data.

"It's been several days that the threats the President of the United States is making have been coming true, and it's affecting third parties", said truck driver Jose Cota.

Nielsen cut short an official trip to Europe to return for meetings early Tuesday on the border crisis, and on Monday Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said he would be meeting Nielsen and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the crisis. So automakers can't build cars without parts from Mexico, according to Dziczek. At present, undocumented immigrants, including children unaccompanied by parents, can seek USA asylum if they come from countries whose governments cannot protect them from persecution. Senior Homeland Security officials said the move was to blame for the slowing of legal crossings at ports of entry.

"Democrats are leaving us absolutely no choice at this point", Mrs. Sanders said. A shutdown of the US-Mexico border could, therefore, also cripple their Mexican operations. "This bold vision would change the way the United States government views migrants entering our nation - not as threats to our national security, as prescribed by antiquated policies of previous administration - but rather as people and families in search of a better life who can contribute tremendously to the fabric of our nation and economy".

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