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Trump Admin Steps Up Threats to Shut Down Mexico Border

Trump Admin Steps Up Threats to Shut Down Mexico Border

The produce left behind would skyrocket in price by at least 20% to 40%. But we have expected people to become Americans. And you can all but forget about avocados.

Tom Vilsack, a former U.S. agriculture secretary who is now president of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, said in a statement that closing the border "would be a gut punch that could set the industry back by a decade or two". It's something that would impact nearly anyone in America who buys fruits and vegetables, says Lance Jungmeyer, the president of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, a trade group. They closed the makeshift holding area over the weekend and moved the migrants to a place with more shelter.

The President has flipped between pulling back on his warning to Mexico and doubling down on his efforts.

Mr. Trump initially aimed his ire over the border situation at Mexico, saying he would shut things down unless America's southern neighbor began to do more to stop the surge of migrants from Central America traversing its territory en route to the U.S. "I really wanted to close it".

"It could not come at a worse time", Monroe said.

The leftist leader made the comment after Trump tweeted there was a "national emergency" on the border and renewed his threat to close it partly or entirely - the latest jab in his fight to curb immigration and build his border wall.

The trade representative said he has advised President Trump about the issue, but also said the president's threat shows how serious he is about border security.

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If a shutdown is executed, Mission Produce wouldn't be able to supply the U.S. with any of the green, creamy fruit. "If they close the border, I will have to close because I will not have clients". This has strained processing capacity of frontline border agencies, forcing numerous migrants to be housed in seriously horrid conditions, including makeshift camps constructed from barbed wire under a bridge. Plus, it would take domestic farms six to eight weeks, or longer, to ramp up production of their crops, from planting to the first harvest. "We hope that that continues, and that we can work with them so we don't have to [close the border]". But the price of most produce, especially fruits, would probably be affected. Grocery items, in particular, would see price increases.

The group said 1 million USA manufacturing jobs "would be immediately at risk" from shutting off cross-border commerce and another 3.3 million jobs related to exports would be endangered.

"This would be significant", says Grant. "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, Sanders told reporters at the White House.

Trump has already said the U.S.is cutting off aid to the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, otherwise known as the Northern Triangle. "It's broader than that", said Neil Bradley, executive vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. But is the US immigration law really weak?

Grocery retailers across the country are already preparing for a scenario in which they can not get fruit and vegetables from Mexico, Owen adds.

On the Mexican side, Andres Morales Arreola, head of operations for border crossings in Chihuahua state, said the border between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso had "collapsed" because so many U.S. border officials have been reassigned to deal with the migrant influx.

"Our economies are so intertwined, people would understand within a week or so how this is impacting everybody", he says.

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