Trump says he's prepared to close Mexico border if necessary

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally in Grand Rapids Michigan U.S

"There's a lot of stuff that moves and exactly how Customs and Border Patrol would deal with that would be something that we'll have to confer with them about, should we get to that", Hassett said. "I think it's going to make things tragically worse, not better", he said during a presentation at a think tank in Washington.

Four days after issuing a firm threat to shut down the USA southern border as soon as this week, President Donald Trump on Tuesday was far less definitive.

That said, there are downsides of framing even the economic angle of the U.S. -Mexico border around avocados.

"It is a national emergency on the border", Trump said.

"If you can close down the border when you're mad at anything, what is the value of a deal?" he said.

Yes, illegal border crossings at the southwest border are on the rise, but they are still very low by historical standards, running at 44,000 per month over the past year (and 66,000 in February.) Twelve years ago, they averaged more than 70,000 a month and sometimes exceeded 100,000 in a single month.

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Americans would run out of avocados in three weeks if imports from Mexico were stopped, said Steve Barnard, president and chief executive of Mission Produce, the largest distributor and grower of avocados in the world. 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. "But they're playing games and we've had enough of that here at the border", Saenz says. Trump is scheduled to make a border trip to Calexico, California, on Friday.

In fact, a 2015 Pew study concluded that in a historic shift, more Mexicans returned to their home country between 2009-2014 than entered the United States. The closure cost $5.3 million in lost revenues, according to the U.S. "The humanitarian situation can not be ignored and the security situation can not be ignored". Migrant advocates and some Democrats in Congress oppose the proposed legislative changes, saying they would send vulnerable children back to risky situations in their home countries.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said on MSNBC that the White House was considering a number of options short of closing the border, such as shutting down certain entry ports or parts of all of them.

"Trump's default when there is threatening news is to create a crisis on the border. I have nephews who come to UTEP, to grade school, to high school every day", Salas said.

Asked about the economic impact, the president acknowledged that closing the border would be painful - but that security is more important. He's also speaking out against closing the border.

The effects were evident Monday: Sergio Amaya, a 24-year-old American citizen who lives in Juarez, Mexico, and attends UTEP.

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