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White House softens tone after threat to close border with Mexico

White House softens tone after threat to close border with Mexico

Delays were already rising at several key border crossings as Trump ratcheted up pressure on Democrats in Congress to toughen U.S. laws against illegal immigrants, threatening to hurt the USA economy in the name of border security.

From the avocados on avocado toast, to the limes and tequila in margaritas, the United States is heavily reliant on Mexican imports of fruit, vegetables and alcohol to meet consumer demand. He neglected to offer a timeline for when the orders will be implemented, but said that "this is going to begin right away". "Security is more important to me than trade".

Kristin Dziczek, Vice President for the Center for Automotive Research, told FOX Business' Blake Burman that if the border is closed, the USA auto industry would shut down within a week. We can't treat each other like this, threatening to close the border.

David Herring, president of the National Pork Producers Council and a pork producer in North Carolina said, "A cloud of uncertainty and restricted access to our most important export markets have strained US pork producers and their families for more than a year". That's because as many as 2,000 border officers assigned to check trucks and cars are being shifted to deal with migrant crowds.

Though Democrats have called Trump out for bluffing - House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday called it a "notion" that "can't possible rise to the level of an idea" - Trump has said he isn't "playing games". "If the closing of the border extended to vehicles and goods, factories could be immediately shut down as parts fail to arrive". "It is one of the biggest trade deals in the world that we've just done with the USMCA", he said, referring to a revised version of NAFTA that Congress has not approved. 'He's working to look at all of the options on the table'.

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"The volume of vulnerable populations that's arriving is unsustainable".

Last week, the President threatened to close the border if Mexico does not halt illegal immigration.

The US immigration courts have enough workload for them given that there are too many cases for them to handle and some have even been extended to a year's waiting period.

He also defended his decision to cut off "hundreds of millions of dollars" in USA aid to the three countries, accusing them of arranging the caravans of migrants. The secretary was scheduled to be in Europe all week for bilateral security meetings, representing the U.S.at gathering of G7 interior ministers. Mexico is doing very well because of the United States. "But now I'm wondering whether I should go or not." he said.

The Commander-in-Chief was speaking with reporters at the White House when he was asked to comment on his previous remarks regarding a total closure of the US-Mexico border in the coming days. "So, we are truly in a crisis", Johnson said during an interview with MSNBC last week. I think the president's right about that.