Trump takes step back from threat to close border with Mexico

Dwayne Harmon
April 3, 2019

But those numbers can seem large and abstract, and so many a media outlet wrote about a more tangible example: the United States would run out of avocados in a matter of weeks if Trump does indeed close the southern border.

McConnell said, "Well, we certainly have a crisis at the border".

The United States gets almost 90% of its avocado imports from Mexico, and one of America's biggest suppliers, Mission Produce, has warned that the USA could run out of the trendy toast-topper in just three weeks.

Central American asylum seekers are escorted out of the Chaparral border crossing gate after being sent back to Mexico by the U.S.in Tijuana, Mexico, Jan. 30, 2019. NPR also turned to Dziczek for information, who further explained that Mexico accounts for 37 percent of all imported parts in the States and that a border closure could see some manufacturing plants go idle in just a few hours. "They are all talk and no action", Trump tweeted Thursday.

And he once again threatened to cut aid to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

"While we recognize the importance of border security, we respectfully ask the Trump administration to proceed cautiously and consider the implications of cutting off trade with a market that is so vital for rural America. If the closing of the border extended to vehicles and goods, factories could be immediately shut down as parts fail to arrive".

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Because of limits on how long children are legally allowed to be held in detention, numerous families are released to await their US immigration court hearings, a process that can take years because of ballooning backlogs. "There's a lot of stuff that moves and exactly how Customs and Border Patrol would deal with that would be something that we'll have to confer with them about, should we get to that", Kevin Hassett, the chairman of the White House's Council of Economic Advisers, said this morning according to CNN.

From the avocados on avocado toast, to the limes and tequila in margaritas, the United States is heavily reliant on Mexican imports of fruit, vegetables and alcohol to meet consumer demand.

As President Donald Trump threatens to close the USA border with Mexico as early as this week, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has cut an overseas trip short to oversee decisions on the border response and is now back in Washington, D.C., a senior DHS official tells ABC News. "There's no declaration of war, the imminent danger we don't see", Saenz says.

To try to address the problem, the administration in late January started returning some migrants to Mexico to wait our their US court dates in Mexican border cities.

"It might surprise some that annual USA goods exports to Mexico exceed those to China by more than $140 billion ($265 billion vs. $121 billion in 2018)".

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

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