United States border closure threatens avocado supply

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The nation's chamber adds that closing the southern border is "not an option", and that if Trump proceeded with this idea that it would represent an "unmitigated economic debacle".

The White House admitted earlier in the day that he had no "specific timeline" for the border clamp down he said he'd authorize unless Mexico takes action to 'immediately stop ALL illegal immigration'.

It wouldn't just be the ripe fruit affected by any potential disruption in trade.

He routinely uses illegal immigration as a justification to build a border wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

Mexico, it turns out, is the second largest trading partner of the USA and the US Census Bureau revealed that in 2018 alone, trades totalled $612 billion.

"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".

DHS officials said on the call that border facilities have been overwhelmed by families who can not be deported quickly because they hope to seek asylum in the U.S.

Trump's own administration has said that about 50 percent show up.

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"Mexico is tough. They can stop them, but they chose not to".

In the segment above for The Late Show, Colbert takes a look at Trump's recent threat to close the United States border with Mexico - and what exactly it might mean for the economy. Threatening to "close the border", an impossibility, only prompts panic and an increase in border crossings. "They said if it's a complete shutdown, no one comes in or out because the border will just be closed".

"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.

A group representing General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said in a statement that "any action that stops commerce at the border would be harmful to the USA economy, and in particular, the auto industry".

Homeland Security officials said they were preparing for the possibility of a shutdown of at least some border entry points as they divert staff to deal with the flood of migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, expected to hit almost 100,000 a month. Between 11,000 and 12,000 semi-trucks cross the same border each day with an estimated 50 million pounds of produce.

He also called on Democrats in Congress to get to work to address the "major national emergency". Trump is scheduled to make a border trip to Calexico, California, on Friday.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the reassignments are necessary to help manage the huge influx that is overloading the system. "We've seen them take a larger number of individuals" and hold those who have asylum claims in Mexico while they are being processed in the United States.

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