White House considers half-measures to close U.S.-Mexico border White House partially reverses threat to close U.S.-Mexico border

President Donald Trump threatened a complete closure only a few days ago

Syracuse, N. Y. (NCC News) – The White House eased up earlier today on its threat to completely close the U.S.-Mexican Border this week if  Mexican authorities did not immediately stem illegal immigration into the country. Originally, President Donald Trump had announced the drastic measure to shut down the Southern border on Friday March 29th, 2019.

Such a shutdown could result in huge economic losses for both nations as an average of 15,000 trucks and $1.6 billion in goods cross the border every day. American auto companies in particular would suffer great economic consequences because their parts go back and forth between the two countries during the vehicle manufacturing process.

 

The sun is setting on the cost near the U.S.-Mexico border. A vendor is packing up his things to end the day.
A vendor packs up his cart for the day as the border wall sits in the distance Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, along the beach in Tijuana, Mexico. U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to close the border completely if Mexican officials did not take measures to step illegal immigration. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Photograph: © 2019 AP Photo/Gregory Bull

Another immediate effect of a border shutdown would be an increase in produce prices and a possible food shortage. During the winter season, more than 60 percent of all produce imported from Mexico passes through Nogales, Arizona. If the 11,000 to 12,000 commercial trucks carrying eggplants, tomatoes, bell peppers, lettuce, cucumbers, and berries cannot pass this entry point, consumers in the United States will feel the effect right away.

Trump had announced this drastic measure following his controversial declaration of a national emergency at the Southern border back in February. According to the Trump administration, the gradual influx of illegal immigrants poses a substantial risk to the security of the United States.

Thousands of asylum seekers from Central American countries such as El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala are currently in Mexico pending their entry into the United States.

 

A little toddler peaks out of a tent located in a refugee camp.
In this March 12, 2019, image, 10-month-old Joshua Perla looks out from the family’s tent in a shelter for migrants in Tijuana, Mexico. Asylum seekers are now forced to wait in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. immigration courts. They often struggle to find legal advice and say they feel unsafe. The Trump administration introduced the new policy in January amid a surge of asylum-seeking families from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador arriving at the Mexican border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Photograph: © 2019 AP Photo/Gregory Bull

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