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Donald Trump Threatens Mexico Over Illegal Immigration Border Crossings — Will He Go Through With It?

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White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in an appearance on MSNBC that closing only certain entry ports, or parts of all of them, could be among the steps short of closing the entire border. "Security is more important to me than trade". 'Then we're going to close the border, that's going to be it.' He immediately amended the statement to say that it could be large portions of the border and not every legal port of entry.

Earlier, spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Trump was not working on a "specific timeline" and he'd look at all options on the table. "So those two things are certainly helpful and we'd like them to continue to up those efforts", she added. And that's what we're dealing with right now with his, a suggestion, I guess, that we close the u s Mexico border just shut down the border, no commerce going through, no people going through, nothing happening along that southern border.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced Monday she will be expanding the "Migrant Protection Protocols" program, more popularly known as "Remain in Mexico".

While Trump on Tuesday did not back off the idea completely, he said he was pleased with steps Mexico had taken in recent days and renewed his calls for Congress to make changes he contends would solve the problem.

The National Corn Growers Association also chimed in and emphasized the importance of Mexico trade saying, "Withdrawing from the existing NAFTA agreement, closing the U.S. -Mexico border, or implementing other policies that jeopardize the future of this important economic partnership, would be catastrophic for farmers already struggling amid declining profits and devastating natural disasters". Mexico is the U.S.'s third-largest trading partner, with about $616 billion in commerce annually between the two countries, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Dziczek posted on Twitter that the US auto industry would be "crippled in a week".

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The Chamber of Commerce explains that trade between USA and Mexico surpasses $1.7 billion daily while half a million people cross the border legally every day.

A big headline coming from a potential border shutdown is that there could be an avocado shortage in the USA which imports a substantial amount of the fruit from Mexico.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell warned Trump against such a move.

"Sure it is going to have a negative impact on the economy".

Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson is on the U.S./Mexico Border County Coalition.

"They arrange these caravans, and they don't put their best people in those caravans", Trump said. "They have ALL been taking USA money for years, and doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for us, just like the Democrats in Congress!" A United Sates purchases about a hundred billion dollars a year in vehicle parts from Mexico that we import over here to build our cars here.

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Instead, he said he'll give Mexico a "one-year warning" to curb the flow of drugs into the U.S. The emergency declaration already faces a number of legal challenges.

If you haven't noticed, Trump has been on a tweetstorm about the Mexican border closure lately.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday his country was doing its part to fight migrant smuggling.

Parts imported from Mexico are typically low cost, labor intensive components that don't make economic sense to build here, Dziczek said.

Del Campo Supreme, a tomato distribution company in Nogales, already is getting calls from United States supermarket chains anxious that a border shutdown will affect the supply of tomatoes from Mexico, said Jim Munguia, the sales manager.

Mexico's foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, also noted commercial traffic at the US-Mexico border had slowed at several crossings.

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