Border shutdown? How US consumers could be impacted

Border shutdown? How US consumers could be impacted

No border closing decision has been made, and Trump later said he is ready to close it if he feels he has to. I think the president's right about that.

"You couldn't pick a worse time of year because Mexico supplies virtually 100 percent of the avocados in the US right now", Steve Barnard, CEO-president of Mission Produce, was quoted as saying.

That said, there are downsides of framing even the economic angle of the U.S. -Mexico border around avocados.

Automakers exported almost 2.6 million Mexican-made vehicles to the United States in 2018, accounting for 15 percent of all vehicles sold in the country.

Trump cited the increase of Central Americans seeking asylum as the reason behind closing the border down. That's because as many as 2,000 border officers assigned to check trucks and cars are being shifted to deal with migrant crowds.

Steve Barnard, president and chief executive of Mission Produce, told Reuters, "You couldn't pick a worse time of year because Mexico supplies virtually 100 percent of the avocados in the us right now".

"We're going to have a strong border or we're going to have a closed border", he said.

Chiapas has become a major entry point for a wave of documented and undocumented Central Americans who have fled their countries in hopes of reaching the southern United States border with Mexico that stretches for 1,954 miles.

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AP Vehicles from Mexico and the U.S. approach a border crossing in El Paso Texas Monday

One source detailed how the plans include an assessment of the potential financial damage of a border closure, which is being prepared by the Council of Economic Advisers.

USA brunch fans could be hard hit if Donald Trump closes the Mexican border, with one expert claiming the country would run out of avocados within three weeks. Nielsen called the situation a "real-life humanitarian and security catastrophe" with numbers trending from "bad to worse".

"Democrats in Congress are leaving us no choice".

Waltz said he believes there's a middle ground when it comes to addressing the issue at the southern border.

"Trump's default when there is threatening news is to create a crisis on the border. 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.

"Security is more important to me than trade", he told reporters in the Oval Office. "It's not necessarily where immigrants want to emigrate to".

"Closing the border would cause an immediate depression in border state communities and, depending on the duration, a recession in the rest of the country", he said. "Nevertheless, Mexico cooperates with the United States because we recognize that we have an economic partnership".

"[The] spectre of trucks of rotting avocados is not a bad metaphor for what happens to a host of USA industries if you shut down border crossings", conceded Hurlburt, who worked in President Bill Clinton's White House and State Department.




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