Trump takes step back from threat to close border with Mexico

The US could run out of avocados in just three weeks if it closes Mexican border. Credit PA

He said Trump's threat would be the "height of folly", noting that an average of 15,000 trucks and $1.6 billion in goods cross the border every day. That's how this one is likely going to play out, except I'm not betting any money on anything right now because I'm saving up for the possibility that black market avocados might soon cost $35 apiece.

Trump said he would close the border sometime this week if Mexico didn't stop illegal immigrants from crossing the U.S. -Mexico border.

However, whether the choice to "close the border" would mean a complete halt of goods coming across from Mexico, avocados and all, is unknown.

"They're taking advantage of the United States, and they have been for many years", he said.

He said a closing of the border would lead to immediate layoffs and result in shortages and price increases at grocery stores and restaurants.

It's unclear whether Trump will follow through on his threat, but Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz - who's also chairman-elect of the Texas Border Coalition, a collective of border mayors, county judges and more who advocate for border communities at the Texas Legislature - is preparing in case it happens.

"If trade were interrupted, US producers would suffer crippling disruptions of their supply chains, American families would see prices spike for food and cars, and USA exporters would be cut off from their third-largest market", he said. NPR also turned to Dziczek for information, who further explained that Mexico accounts for 37 percent of all imported parts in the States and that a border closure could see some manufacturing plants go idle in just a few hours. Trump is scheduled to make a border trip to Calexico, California, on Friday. "The humanitarian situation can not be ignored and the security situation can not be ignored".

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U.S. 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.

It has quickly become clear that any plan to cut aid to Central America would face strong objections from members of the U.S. Congress, who must approve it.

Although Trump is making his argument on security grounds, the reality is that there will be an economic element to a border closure, Wilson said. "I'm not at all uncomfortable making that argument", he said. "So, we are truly in a crisis", Johnson said during an interview with MSNBC last week.

And Mexico cooperates with the United States on security because of the economic benefits of the relationship, said Guajardo, now a senior director at McLarty Associates. "But security is what's more important". "It's not necessarily where immigrants want to emigrate to".

"If you start with this nonsense of closing the border, there's no longer an argument", he said.

"I think the answer is we can and people are looking at different options, particularly if you can keep those freight lanes, those truck lanes open".

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