Trump says '100%' ready to shut down Mexico border

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04 April, 2019

As Trump has escalated his threats to close the border in recent days, top aides have launched a two-pronged strategy in preparation for a decision.

The National Association of Manufacturers said US farmers, manufacturers and other businesses would lose $726 million per day for every day the border is closed.

Closing the border is "not our first choice", she said.

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said shutting down the border could cost the USA economy $1 billion or $2 billion each day.

White House officials have not settled on a firm plan, but they are responding to widespread complaints from business groups that closing the border would be a major blow to industries such as agriculture and automakers.

"If we are not able to restore this very soon, this is going to economically cost both countries, because we are talking about one of the borders that has the most flow between countries", stated Ebrard.

"Sure, it's going to have a negative impact on the economy", Trump said.

A CBP facility in El Paso, Texas, temporarily closed checkpoints on the US side of the border because officials said the facilities were overwhelmed with migrants.

Steve Barnard, chief executive and president of Mission Produce, the largest grower and distributor of avocados in the world, said Americans could run out of avocados in as little as three weeks following a shutdown at the border, Reuters reported.

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Sanders said the administration was "looking at all options when it comes to closing the different ports of entry, what that looks like and what the impacts would be".

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday there were no "serious problems" at the US-Mexico border after commercial traffic slowed at several crossings.

But Mr. Trump said he is willing to take the risk of deeper economic pain if it means stopping illegal immigration.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has estimated that some 100,000 migrants were apprehended or encountered at the border in March, the highest level in a decade.

"The bottom line is all options are on the table right now", the official said.

But Senate Republican Lindsey Graham of SC, a Trump ally, said he's "all for" closing the border if it will "compel Congress to fix the underlying problem".

Mexican officials announced Monday they'd pulled 338 Central American migrants -181 adults and 157 children- off five passenger buses in a southern state that borders Guatemala, and said they had detained 15 possible smugglers on immigration law violations.

"Wait times in Brownsville [Texas] were around 180 minutes, which were two times the peaks of past year", said a senior DHS official on a call with reporters.

Mexico supplies more than 60 percent of all fresh produce sold in the USA during the winter and early spring, said Lance Jungmeyer, president of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, a trade association that represents importers and distributors of Mexican produce. She reportedly added that 900,000 people are coming to the US this year "without any legal right to stay".

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