Published: Thu, April 04, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Experts warn US-Mexico border closure would close auto industry

Experts warn US-Mexico border closure would close auto industry

He also said that he might only close "large sections of the border" and "not all of it". The closure would severely disrupt border crossings, threatening trade worth billions of dollars.

While Trump on Tuesday did not back off the idea completely, he said he was pleased with steps Mexico had taken in recent days and renewed his calls for Congress to make changes he contends would solve the problem.

He added that a heat wave in California also limited the avocado harvest in the state, making the US mostly dependent on Mexico for the crop.

"This isn't our first choice", Sanders told reporters at the White House.

"If we lose the market, it would be catastrophic", said Jim Monroe, a spokesman for the National Pork Producers Council. By early Tuesday morning, she was back in Washington.

One economist predicted this week that the entire USA auto industry would shut down within a week if the President closes the border, because every United States auto plant depends on parts made in Mexico.

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

"We're going to have a strong border or we're going to have a closed border", he said.

A group representing General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said in a statement that "any action that stops commerce at the border would be harmful to the United States economy, and in particular, the auto industry". The wiring harness example is interesting because she notes that eventually the part would be irrelevant, so there's no push to source the part in the U.S. Other parts involved ranging from engine components to anchors for seatbelt are built outside of the U.S. and plants have neither the space or the ability to stockpile those goods. It also exports $32.5 billion worth of parts from USA automakers and parts manufacturers to assembly plants operating in Mexico.

Some, like the Chevrolet Blazer SUV, are only made in Mexico. He added that his posturing was "the only way we're getting a response". Average wait times at Brownsville, Texas, were 180 minutes Monday, twice the length of peak times past year. Detention facilities are already overwhelmed.

"Congress must get together and immediately eliminate the loopholes at the Border!" the president said on Twitter.

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.

Nielsen has chose to fly to the border mid-week to assess the implementation of the new actions, the official said.

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

At the Brownsville, Texas, border crossing past year, almost 800 trucks crossed the border each day, according to data from the Department of Transportation.

On Monday, DHS said it would dramatically ramp up that program, despite court challenges. He said lawmakers must work on new laws to change the incentive structure that draws the flow of people from Central America. This has strained processing capacity of frontline border agencies, forcing numerous migrants to be housed in seriously horrid conditions, including makeshift camps constructed from barbed wire under a bridge.

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

Even absent the extraordinary step of sealing a national border, delays at border stations have been mounting as some 2,000 border officers assigned to check trucks and cars have been reassigned to deal with migrant crowds, Homeland Security officials said.

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