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President Trump will visit the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday…what we know for sure? That the President is expected to check out a newly completed section of border wall near Calexico, California. What we don’t? If he’s actually going to go through with his threat to completely close the border with Mexico.
As I’ve been telling you, Trump is threatening to shut down the border if Mexico does act more definitively to stop migrants headed to the U.S. He also warned Mexico to stop migrant caravans from Central America. Either way, he’s not getting much support from within his own party – as Republicans, from the top on down to the local level, have spoken out about the devastating economic impact should the President follow through.
“It’s part of the way he negotiates, but I’m not sure that’s a particularly good idea and I’m not sure it gets the desired result,” says Senate Majority Whip John Thune. “Tactically it doesn’t get a result and probably has a lot of unintended consequences ... there’s a lot of bilateral trade at the border.”
In the meantime, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen [[ KIR-sten ]] Nielsen is sending more agents to the southern border. In a statement, Nielsen says she’s deploying another 750 U.S. Customs personnel to the border. She argues that the crisis at the border is worsening and also accused Congress of failing to act.
Something else (and perhaps a bit more lighthearted) to consider? The head of Mission Produce says the U.S. could run out of avocados in three weeks if the border shuts down. Steve Barnard explains that Mexico supplies virtually 100% of the avocados in the U.S. right now. But that’s not all. About 40% of ALL produce and vegetables are grown in Mexico. In other words, whatever we do see at the store is likely to see prices shoot sky high.....Yea! No Vegetables!!!