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Price of Mexican avocados spike over Trump's threats to close border

04 April 2019, 12:33 | Tara Lloyd

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White House softens tone after threat to close border with Mexico

"I'm glad the United States government recognizes that we are helping", he said.

Closing the border could disrupt millions of legal crossings and billions of dollars in trade.

It was a shift from Trump's threat late last week to seal the border, and quickly. He is also pushing for more detention capacity and demanding that Congress close alleged loopholes in asylum laws that force parents with kids to be released within 20 days rather than being detained indefinitely, even though it costs taxpayers $319 a day per migrant to confine them.

Tuesday she said during a conference call with reporters that DHS is facing a system-wide meltdown at the southern border, according to reporting on Fox News Channel.

"Democrats are leaving us absolutely no choice at this point", Mrs. Sanders said. "We're going to close the border".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, speaking at an event in Washington Tuesday, dismissed Trump's threat to shut down the border as "an applause line, not an idea".

Trump has also been told by some advisers that it would be extremely hard to operationally shut down the border but he has told them to move forward with looking at ways to achieve the feat.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joined Democrats in warning Trump against such a move.

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"Sure, it will have a negative effect on the economy", Trump said of closing the border.

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

Some of those parts are critical like seat belt anchors and engine components.

More than 60 percent of all Mexican winter produce consumed in the U.S. crosses into the country at Nogales, Arizona.

Some, like the Chevrolet Blazer SUV, are only made in Mexico.

"Closing the border would not be good for anyone".

His administration is grappling with a surge of Central American migrants trying to enter the USA, and Trump said last week he'd seal the border in the coming days if Mexico did not immediately halt all illegal immigration into the U.S.

Wait times at the border crossing at Brownsville, Texas, reached 180 minutes Monday, twice the peak a year ago, officials said.

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

Mexico is the U.S.'s second-largest trading partner, meaning that any disruption at the US border could have immediate consequences on the economy.

US Customs and Border Protection estimated that some 100,000 migrants were apprehended or encountered at the border in March, the highest level in a decade.

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

On Monday, DHS said it would dramatically ramp up that program, despite court challenges.

"Central American states need to go deeper to address those problems domestically in order to prevent people from moving out of the country", Zhao said.

But shutting down the border would do more than cut into the country's guacamole supply.

Mexico is the third-largest trading partner of the United States, and is its largest supplier for agricultural products, including vegetables and avocados.

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The Homeland Security official who briefed reporters said plans to close border crossings have been in place for years.

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