Trump's Threat to Close Border Stirs Fear of Fruit, Vegetable Shortages

Trump's Threat to Close Border Stirs Fear of Fruit, Vegetable Shortages

Kerry Wise
April 4, 2019

"Next step is to close the Border!"

If President Donald Trump follows through on his threat to close the US-Mexico border, it would disrupt the flow of $1.7 billion of goods daily to store shelves and factory floors - including not just avocados, but beer and auto parts, too. "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.

One economist predicted this week that the entire USA auto industry would shut down within a week if the President closes the border, because every United States auto plant depends on parts made in Mexico.

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. Many who do make their way to the USA border.

The Council of Economic Advisers was conducting a number of studies on the potential impact of closing the border and "working with the president to give him those options", she said. Migrant advocates and some Democrats in Congress oppose the proposed legislative changes, saying they would send vulnerable children back to unsafe situations in their home countries.

Diverting those officers and other resources away from US ports of entry along the Mexico border is already leading to increased wait times and logjams for commercial trucks and vehicles entering the United States.

"Mexico must use its very strong immigration laws to stop the many thousands of people trying to get into the USA".

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Sinnett said making the software updates to each plane will take about an hour and will begin immediately. The FBI has also joined a criminal investigation to look into the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 .

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Manuel Padilla, a 30-year veteran of the US Border Patrol, would now serve as the agency's coordinator on the border response.

She also directed CBP to speed up its planned surge of at least 750 officers to assist Border Patrol along areas of the southern border.

He repeated that threat on Tuesday but said he had not made a decision yet, "We're going to see what happens over the next few days".

In a memorandum to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, Nielsen ordered the additional resources, saying the crisis is worsening.

Trump declared a national emergency last month to circumvent Congress in obtaining billions of dollars to build his promised wall on the US-Mexico border. "Everything is on the table", he said. Average wait times at Brownsville, Texas, were 180 minutes Monday, twice the length of peak times a year ago.

According to the CBC and Statistics Canada, the total value of goods imported to Canada from Mexico, much of which comes via land crossings, totalled $1,781,900 in January.

After complaining last week that Mexico was doing nothing to constrain migrants, Trump seemed pleased Tuesday about recent efforts by Mexican authorities to make changes to visas and send forces to seal off the southern part of their country to prevent Central Americans from entering. The U.S. also imports more agricultural goods from Mexico compared with any other country, with $11.5 billion in fresh fruit and vegetables brought into the U.S. each year.