White House Prepares In Case Trump Closes Border

White House Prepares In Case Trump Closes Border

In two months of testimony, almost every level of the Mexican government has been depicted as being on the take: Prison guards, airport officials, police officers, prosecutors, tax assessors and military personnel are all said to have been compromised.

Closing the border could disrupt millions of legal crossings and billions of dollars in trade. The president added that Mexico is working to make migration an option instead of a need, and acknowledged that the U.S. lawmakers' visit is a show of friendship and good will with Mexico.

He expressed similar sentiment the day before, urging Mexico to stop two large caravans of migrants traveling north from Guatemala. "You've got to have them all".

"Let's hope the threat is nothing but a bad April Fools' joke", Dan Griswold, an economist at George Mason University, told A.P while calling Trump's threat the "height of folly".

"Mexico is tough. They can stop them, but they chose not to".

"If the stakes are either crime and violence directed against American citizens, as Trump often and erroneously says (since we know immigrants commit fewer crimes on average than the native-born) OR the human suffering of families sleeping on gravel in underpasses because of this Administration's choices, worrying about avocados seems rather silly either way".

Trump's threat to shut down trade could make it more challenging for Mexico's lawmakers to sign off, said Phil Levy, a senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, who served as a senior economist for trade under President George W. Bush.

"We are not going to have a confrontation with the USA government", Lopez Obrador said.

He said a border closure would hurt Mexico more than it would the United States. They were joined by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which said such a step would inflict "severe economic harm". "They are apprehending people", he said.

Trump has threatened to close the U.S. -Mexico border if Mexico doesn't stop the flow of migrants.

Beyond damaging the economy, citizens who work or school in the USA but live in Mexico will find it hard to move between these countries.

The United States is the country's largest agricultural trading partner, buying 78 percent of Mexican exports and supplying 69 percent of the country's imports, according to the US Department of Agriculture. Some vehicles like the Chevrolet Blazer SUV are only made in Mexico. And there were 150 trucks in Otay Mesa, California, still waiting when the border station closed for the day. Areas along the U.S. -Mexico border would experience the most direct impact, but ripple effects could spread beyond the region.

A Border Patrol agent loads detained migrants into a van at the U.S-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, on March 31, 2019. Trump said it officially stopped coming on Monday. 'We've already had to move roughly 750 personnel from ports of entry'.

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