White House ‘looking into’ economic impact of closing border, economic adviser says

White House ‘looking into’ economic impact of closing border, economic adviser says

The agency will also "immediately expand" a policy to return Central American migrants to Mexico as they wait for their asylum claims to be heard by "hundreds of additional migrants per day above current rates", Nielsen said.

Trump administration officials say a system that allows asylum seekers to remain in the country for years while waiting for their cases to move through a backlogged immigration court system encourages illegal immigration.

After federal authorities said that March would end with a considerable increase in illegal border crossings, Trump accused those nations and Mexico of not doing enough to deal with the flow of people, and threatened again to close the south border.

And a group of House Democrats visiting El Salvador denounced the administration's decision to cut aid to the region.

Trump said there was a "very good likelihood" he would close the border this week if Mexico did not stop immigrants from reaching the United States.

"At the Secretary's instruction, we are carrying out the President's direction and ending FY 2017 and FY 2018 foreign assistance programs for the Northern Triangle", a State Department spokesperson said. "The President's approach is entirely counterproductive". It is now being exploited by illegal aliens who know that once they get into the USA, the chances of their being able to stay are significantly higher than their being deported. Since 80% of Mexico's exports go to the US, the economic impact of any long-term border closing would prove devastating to the Mexican economy, though with significant economic consequences for the U.S.as well.

The U.S. -Mexico border fence at Las Playas in Tijuana, Mexico, on January 6.

Right now, about 60 asylum seekers a day are returned at the San Ysidro, Calexico and El Paso ports of entry. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal plans and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. 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. But in recent months, the number of arrivals has spiked and is now at about 100,000 people a month.

"It would have a widespread and dramatic impact on our markets nearly immediately", said an executive at a company that ships products by rail to Mexico, citing its dependence on United States natural gas, propane, gasoline and ultra-low-sulphur diesel fuel. He added: "We are going to continue helping so that the migratory flow, those who pass through our country, do so according to the law, in an orderly way". "In terms of a long-term effect, it's basically shooting yourself in your foot".

Meanwhile, Nielsen sent a letter to the heads of other agencies within her sprawling, 240,000-person department, asking for volunteers to help with border duties.

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