Scramble inside the West Wing over Trump's threat to close the border
Apr 04, 2019, 00:31
I think if Trump was bold enough to follow through on a threat to close down the government, he'll probably be determined to follow through on this threat, too, regardless of short-term consequences.
Avocado prices spiked 44 percent for the week ending Tuesday when President Trump threatened to close the U.S. -Mexico border. Trump tweeted. "If no action, border, or large sections of border, will close".
In remarks from the Oval Office, Mr. Trump reiterated his threat to shut the border if Mexico, America's third largest trading partner, can not restrict a flow of asylum seekers trying to cross into the United States.
Nielsen is expected to head to the southern border on Wednesday, the official said.
The threat comes as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says the capacity to hold migrants is being overwhelmed because of the large number coming to the border. Migrant advocates and some Democrats in Congress oppose the proposed legislative changes, saying they would send vulnerable children back to risky situations in their home countries.
She told Fox News the administration wanted Mexico to continue working to address the issue so "we aren't forced to take drastic action like closing the ports of entry at our border". On Thursday, she will travel to Yuma, Arizona, where a border barrier has been used to successfully stop illegal immigration, human trafficking and drug flow.
"This isn't our first choice", Sanders told reporters at the White House.
Closing the border completely would disrupt manufacturing supply lines and the flow of goods ranging from avocados to cars, making for a "potentially catastrophic economic impact", in the words of Republican Sen.
And Trump earlier this year declared the situation at the Mexico border to be a national emergency, a designation that he has said allows him to redirect taxpayer money to expedite the construction of a wall.
"Wait times in Brownsville (Texas) were around 180 minutes, which were two times the peaks of previous year", said a senior DHS official on a call with reporters.
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.
Rufus Yerxa, president of the National Foreign Trade Council said he's not surprised Trump's threats have encouraged vendors to stock up on hard-to-source fruits and vegetables.
MI auto plants could be some of the biggest casualties if the President's threat to shutdown the US-Mexican border comes to fruition. She said virtually all USA auto production relies on some key parts from Mexico or Central America, and these products are brought into the United States on trucks or trains.
Nielsen told Cabinet members that Homeland Security is establishing an "emergency operations cell" as is done during a hurricane with daily video teleconferences and operational updates, the source said.
Despite the logistical and economic concerns, White House aides have said this week that Trump is serious about closing the border even if the timing remains unclear.
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