Gingrich: Trump's Threat To 'Shut Down' Border Would 'Truly Be A Mess'

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Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Tuesday that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told him the United States will not close the border, despite Trump's threats. "Let's see. They have the power to stop them, they have the laws to stop them", Trump said earlier on Tuesday.

"We are still nervous about this and we have been talking to some of our companies about maybe ramping up direct pressure on the White House by getting CEOs to call", he added.

On Saturday Trump said in a tweet that he was prepared to shut border crossings to force Mexico to halt the flood of migrants fleeing poverty and violence in Central America.

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.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday the president hasn't set a timeline for action.

The trading relationship between the USA and Mexico is so intricate that many grocers supplement their US produce with imports from Mexico throughout the year, depending on consumer demand, says Richard Owen, a vice president at Produce Marketing Association, which represents companies that supply fresh produce and flowers. "So we asked our Deputy to tap in and take over the trip", the official said.

There's no telling how high prices will go - especially if the president closes the border.

The threat comes as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says the capacity to hold migrants is being overwhelmed because of the large number coming to the border. According to Dziczek, roughly 70 per cent of the wiring harnesses used in USA -built vehicles come from Mexico.

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

"Any action that stops commerce at the border would be harmful to the U.S. economy, and in particular, the auto industry". Average wait times at Brownsville, Texas, were 180 minutes Monday, twice the length of peak times a year ago. When the Otay Mesa, California, entry port closed for the night Monday, 150 trucks were still waiting to get into the U.S.

Cars and trucks line up to enter Mexico from the U.S.at a border crossing in El Paso, Texas, Friday, March 29, 2019.

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

"Our detention centers are maxed out & we will take no more illegals".

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. 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.

His call was backed by the Chamber of Commerce, which said in a statement that while it backed immigration reform, closing the border "would inflict severe economic harm on American families, workers, farmers and manufacturers across the United States".

A CBP facility in El Paso, Texas, temporarily closed checkpoints on the US side of the border because officials said the facilities were overwhelmed with migrants.

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