Trump threatens to close Mexico border, seeks Congress action

"There's a deep disconnect, or even a pathology of sorts, festering at the core of the Trump administration's response to the humanitarian crisis at the southern border", Plum Line columnist Greg Sargent wrote Wednesday.

Completely shutting down the USA border with Mexico, as Trump has threatened, could halt all US automotive manufacturing within a week, impacting at least one million jobs, said Kristin Dziczek, vice president of industry, labor and economics at the Center for Automotive Research. "I'm not quite sure what he means by closing the border", Johnson said.South Dakota's John Thune, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, called closing the border a "bad idea" and expressed some frustration with Trump's lack of consultations.

Trump has also been told by some advisers that it would be extremely hard to operationally shut down the border but he has told them to move forward with looking at ways to achieve the feat.

At the Brownsville, Texas, border crossing past year, almost 800 trucks crossed the border each day, according to data from the Department of Transportation.

"If we were really seeing a situation where the U.S.is going to close a border that 1.7 billion dollars go across every single day, Wall Street would be in a panic".

The Council of Economic Advisers, she said, was conducting a number of studies on the impact, and "working with the president to give him those options".

DHS officials said on the call that border facilities have been overwhelmed by families who can not be deported quickly because they hope to seek asylum in the U.S.

"He's hoping that Mexico will continue to step up, like we've seen them do over the last couple of weeks", Sanders said.

The Mexican government has not published apprehension statistics, but a senior White House official said it had provided daily updates to the Trump administration, including specific apprehension numbers. We have so much economic goods on both sides.

'I think we're looking into that.

'Why wouldn't we put the USA military along our border if it's really a crisis of that magnitude?' the Fox News show host asked Secretary Nielsen.

The winter produce season is especially heavy right now, with the import of Mexican-grown watermelons, grapes, and squash, said Lance Jungmeyer, president of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas.

"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 US 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.

Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard is in constant communication with U.S. authorities to avoid conflict and to keep the border open, Lopez Obrador told reporters at his regular morning news conference.

His call was backed by the Chamber of Commerce, which said in a statement that while it backed immigration reform, closing the border "would inflict severe economic harm on American families, workers, farmers and manufacturers across the United States". She reportedly added that 900,000 people are coming to the USA this year "without any legal right to stay".


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