Border closure panic setting in - Sec. Nielsen called home from European meetings

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".

Mexico "made a big step over the past two days", he said, adding that they would have to continue if they don't want the border closed.

Since Politico is quoting "sources" we have no way of knowing if the White House staff is in a "panic" or not but it sounds to me like Secretary Nielsen is simply doing her job and making sure policy decisions are put into place.

The Trump administration is considering keeping truck lanes open to alleviate economic setback if President Trump shuts down the southern border.

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.

Trump stops to talk to reporters and members of the media as he walks to Marine One to depart from the South Lawn at the White House on Thursday, March 28, 2019 in Washington, DC.

The United States gets almost 90% of its avocado imports from Mexico, and one of America's biggest suppliers, Mission Produce, has warned that the USA could run out of the trendy toast-topper in just three weeks. "If the price becomes too high, grocery stores and restaurants will say I guess we will do without them and you will have empty shelves for consumers", Jungmeyer said.

Trump has threatened to close the border with Mexico as soon as this week due to the recent surge in migrants coming to the United States from Central America, although he has mused about the possibility of closing down the border for months. "Next step is to close the Border!"

Dozens of United States vehicle, engine, transmission and other auto parts plants could close because of a lack of components in the days after a border shutdown.


Wait times for vehicles trying to cross the border in Brownsville extended to three hours on Monday, a senior DHS official told reporters Tuesday.

"Any action that stops commerce at the border would be harmful to the United States economy, and in particular, the auto industry".

"We ended the day yesterday at Otay Mesa (California) with a backup of 150 trucks that hadn't been processed", the official said.

"The system is on fire", a DHS official said.

"Congress must get together and immediately eliminate the loopholes at the border!"

Because of limits on how long children are legally allowed to be held in detention, numerous families are released to await USA immigration court hearings, a process that can take years because of ballooning backlogs.

White House officials have not settled on a firm plan, but they are responding to widespread complaints from business groups that closing the border would be a major blow to industries such as agriculture and automakers.

Shutting certain border stations or parts of them would not be unprecedented.

The National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said the solution is a broad bill that would combine security with amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants - and perhaps a new flow for guest workers. "I am not kidding around", he said, exasperated by the swelling numbers of migrants, thousands of whom were being released into the USA because border officials had no space for them.


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