Sunday, 18 August, 2019

Trump steps back from threat to close southern border

White House softens tone after threat to close border with Mexico DHS sending 750 more agents to U.S.-Mexico border over 'influx'
Patty Aguilar | 03 April, 2019, 21:39

The entire USA auto industry could shut down if President Donald Trump pulls the trigger on his threat to close the US-Mexico border, CNN reports.

The President is still weighing the decision, despite being warned by aides about the consequences of shutting down the border.

"President Trump just said he might close the border even though it will be damaging to our economy, claiming that 'safety [and] security is more important to me than trade.' Really?" Selling hundreds of billions in arms sales and advanced nuclear tech to Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest spreader and propagator of terrorist/radical jihadist ideology; selling F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, etc.

Delays were already rising at several key border crossings as Trump ratcheted up pressure on Democrats in Congress to toughen USA laws against illegal immigrants, threatening to hurt the USA economy in the name of border security.

But on Tuesday, the president said it was Congress that now has his eye.

At the Brownsville, Texas, border crossing past year, almost 800 trucks crossed the border each day, according to data from the Department of Transportation.

"If they don't, or if we don't make a deal with Congress, the border's going to be closed, 100 percent", he said.

Approximately 11,000 to 12,000 commercial trucks cross the border at Nogales daily, laden with about 50 million pounds of produce such as eggplants, tomatoes, bell peppers, lettuce, cucumbers, and berries, he said.

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

"Democrats are leaving us absolutely no choice at this point", Mrs. Sanders said.

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Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said shutting down the border could cost the USA economy $1 billion or $2 billion each day.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the largest U.S. business lobbying group, said it contacted the White House to discuss the negative impact of a border closure.

"The bottom line is all options are on the table right now", the official said.

And DHS officials said border crossing times were already lengthening as they divert staff to areas between official ports to deal with tens of thousands of migrant families crossing illegally into the country.

He also defended his decision to cut off "hundreds of millions of dollars" in USA aid to the three countries, accusing them of arranging the caravans of migrants.

The three "don't do anything for us", he said.

El Paso has been hard hit by the surge in illegal immigrants coming across the southern border.

"Closing down the border would have a potentially catastrophic economic impact on our country, and I would hope that we would not be doing that sort of thing", McConnell told reporters Tuesday.

"I think the answer is we can and people are looking at different options, particularly if you can keep those freight lanes, those truck lanes open".

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