Trump waiting on possible border closure

April FrancisApr 04, 2019

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.

Not only do parts come into the USA from Mexico, but 37 per cent of United States parts are exported to Mexico, said Kristin Dziczek, vice president of industry, labour and economics at the Centre for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Council of Economic Advisers is conducting a number of studies on the potential impact of closing the border and "working with the president to give him those options", she said.

"Let's hope the threat is nothing but a bad April Fools' joke", Dan Griswold, an economist at George Mason University, told A.P while calling Trump's threat the "height of folly". He added that his posturing was "the only way we're getting a response".

Waltz said he believes there's a middle ground when it comes to addressing the issue at the southern border. This will also help us with stopping the Drug flow from Mexico!' Many topics were covered, and we'll have more to come from Secretary Perdue in the coming days here on Hoosier Ag Today. Some consumers said they would be willing to pay extra for USA -grown produce, but the reality is not everyone would be able to afford the necessary fruits and vegetables for a healthy lifestyle. They are seeking private commitments as well as evidence that Mexico's efforts on the ground are sustained for more than a day or two.

Kristin Dziczek, Vice President for the Center for Automotive Research, told FOX Business' Blake Burman that if the border is closed, the USA auto industry would shut down within a week.

"Now, a senior White House official said this morning that there is evidence that Mexico is stepping up to increase apprehensions and deal with the flow of asylum seekers attempting to get to the US-Mexico border".

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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. Gingrich gushed over Trump's economic policy earlier in the interview, and he warned that following through and shutting down the border would endanger the economic gains the president is riding on.

Last week in a tweet, President Donald Trump announced he would close the Mexican border due to maxed out detention areas if Mexico did not stop immigrants from coming to the United States.

"We need to get rid of catch and release and visa lottery. As such, we will be unable to extend the hours of operation impacting our ability to provide services after our regular closing times", it said.

"If you can close down the border when you're mad at anything, what is the value of a deal?" he said. When the Otay Mesa, California, entry port closed for the night Monday, 150 trucks were still waiting to get into the U.S.

Saloumi said if the border were closed for a full week, he'd be out of business.

"We haven't seen a time in the USA when supermarket shelves are bare from fresh produce in a long time", president of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas Lance Jungmeyer tells CNN. European Union member states have built over 600 miles of border walls since 1989 and deployed an additional 10,000 armed guards to keep out or deport anyone who makes it to the continent.

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