Donald Trump Defends Border Closure Option: Security 'More Important' than Trade

The US could run out of avocados in just three weeks if it closes Mexican border. Credit PA

The US could run out of avocados in just three weeks if it closes Mexican border. Credit PA

Trump administration officials are reining back the president's threat to shut the southern border this week as they grapple with a surge of Central American migrants trying to enter the U.S. "They're too busy playing politics".

Appearing on CNN Tuesday, Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) said he's "concerned about the economic toll" if Trump continues his threat of shutting down the U.S. -Mexico border, with $1.7 billion in goods coming across each day.

"Let's hope the threat is nothing but a bad April Fools' joke", said economist Dan Griswold at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Virginia.

Despite that, Trump has threatened to close the border a bunch of times.

"If trade was interrupted, USA producers would suffer crippling disruptions of their supply chains, American families would see prices spike for food and cars, and us exporters would be cut off from their third-largest market".

Sarah Sanders suggested the president doesn't want to shutdown the southern border, but will use it as his last resort if he feels the safety of Americans are in jeopardy. "We will immediately redeploy hundreds of CBP personnel to the border to respond to this emergency".

"On Thursday, my US patients started to cancel because of the lines", Orozpe said. Shopping mall parking lots in the region are filled with cars with Mexican plates.

In 2016, Mexico produced 91 percent of all avocados consumed in the U.S. Tomatoes are also at the top of the list. "I am not kidding around", the president said then, plainly exasperated by the migrant flow.

And when the Otay Mesa, California, entry port closed for the night Monday, 150 trucks were still waiting to get into the U.S. He's also speaking out against closing the border.

"If the stakes are either crime and violence directed against American citizens, as Trump often and erroneously says (since we know immigrants commit fewer crimes on average than the native-born) OR the human suffering of families sleeping on gravel in underpasses because of this Administration's choices, worrying about avocados seems rather silly either way".

About 37% of all auto parts imported to the United States originate in Mexico.

"If you start with this nonsense of closing the border, there's no longer an argument", he said.

"There are Americans who live there". I can't imagine what 4,000 a day looks like. With reports that President Donald Trump is considering the option of closing the U.S./Mexico border this week, experts are warning that it could prove to be very costly for the produce market. Currently, about 750 inspectors are being reassigned.

Carlos Montoya is a USA citizen who lives in El Paso but has family in Juarez whom he supports.

He says changing asylum and immigration laws would be a better solution. It took an hour this time. Aides hope the potential appointment, which they caution is still in the planning stages, would serve as the "face" of the administration on immigration issues and would placate both the president and his supporters, showing he is serious and taking action.

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