Trump's threat to close border stirs fears of economic harm

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However, White House chief economist Larry Kudlow said they were working to minimize the economic impact from a closure of the border - including keeping truck lanes open.

President Donald Trump says he's "ready to close" the border if Congress doesn't change America's immigration laws. This should've been done by other presidents.

Ebrard said the U.S. government has told Mexico it is not going to shut down the border, but said his country would be prepared for that possibility.

"I haven't made that intention known", Trump said when asked by a reporter during an Oval Office photo-op if he meant to close the border this week. "Altogether, we are the ones - and the only ones - who have utilized or are utilizing the border wall to rescue children". Farmers will feel a closed border, Guajardo argued, especially because Trump's already in a trade standoff with China. It also exports $32.5 billion worth of parts from U.S. automakers and parts manufacturers to assembly plants operating in Mexico. "We urge the administration to end current trade disputes and to focus on the expansion of export markets for USA agriculture, an economic sector that reduces the USA trade deficit by producing some of America's most competitive export products".

Migrants from Cuba rest and wait to enter the US on the Mexican side of the Paso Del Norte International Bridge between El Paso and and Juarez, Mexico.

"Sure, it's going to have a negative impact on the economy".

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Last week, a San Diego immigration judge heard from the first Central American families that were returned to Mexico under the MPP policy.

"Security is more important to me than trade", he said.

"People are getting a plan in place so if he orders it done, it's not the end of the world", the official said. "The bottom line is all options are on the table right now", a senior Homeland Security official, who declined to be named, told journalists Tuesday.

Trump is often critical of the news coverage from CNN, but other outlets report the same dire consequences a southern border shutdown could have on the USA auto industry. A border closing would have a significant impact on trade between the two countries, and would also hit the almost 100 Fortune 500 companies that have factories in Juarez.

Because of this wait-and-see posture, the White House does not expect the President to make a final decision on closing the border with Mexico before he travels to the border region on Friday. They turned themselves in as the government has made it harder to seek asylum at legal ports of entry.

"Wait times in Brownsville (Texas) were around 180 minutes, which were two times the peaks of a year ago", said a senior DHS official on a call with reporters. Mexico is doing very well because of the United States. She named 30-year Border Patrol Agent Manuel "Manny" Padilla as the head of the group and gave him use of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's response center to use as an operations center.

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