Avocado shortage? A US-Mexico border closure could affect produce

Avocado shortage? A US-Mexico border closure could affect produce

Avocado shortage? A US-Mexico border closure could affect produce

"They're unwilling to work with us to fix this problem because they're too busy playing politics to do their jobs", she said.

It wouldn't just be the ripe fruit affected by any potential disruption in trade.

Following a major recall in mid-March, avocados are making the news again - but this time, it's because the import from Mexico would stop coming to the US if the border with Mexico is closed. Cutting off aid to three Central American countries, as Trump plans to do, will make violence there worse and increase the flow of desperate people.

President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in Washington.

"We do need to send a message to Mexico, this is an emergency, but I think you can stop pedestrian flows while not stopping railroad, trucking, and other things that are keeping our economy alive", he said.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also warned Mr. Trump against the move, warning of severe economic consequences.

"I'm hoping this talk of dramatic action on the border actually gets Congress to start moving", Waltz said in response, adding that Congress needs to be the ones talking "dramatic action", not the president.

Parts makers that supply USA assembly lines could shut down, because the auto plants don't have a place to store massive amounts of unused parts.

Migrants from Cuba rest and wait to enter the US on the Mexican side of the Paso Del Norte International Bridge between El Paso and and Juarez, Mexico. Some, like the Chevrolet Blazer SUV, are only made in Mexico.

This country's supply of avocados will be gone in about three weeks. The winter produce season is especially heavy right now, with the import of Mexican-grown watermelons, grapes and squash, said Lance Jungmeyer, president of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas. "A hundred percent", Trump told the press at the White House. Average wait times at Brownsville, Texas, were 180 minutes Monday, twice the length of peak times past year. Between 11,000 and 12,000 semi-trucks cross the same border each day with an estimated 50 million pounds of produce.

Officials said facilities for handling the migrants - who for the moment can not be sent back after they cross the border and request asylum - are overtaxed and understaffed, creating hazardous conditions. He said the government had not drastically changed its migration strategy following the shutdown threats.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection estimated that some 100,000 migrants would be apprehended or encountered at the border in March, the highest level in a decade. "The system is on fire", a DHS official said.

He was not specific, but Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has asked Congress to give border officials the power to forcibly repatriate Central American illegal immigrants, including children who arrived alone, back to their countries.

Trump is bemoaning current regulations and says: "We're going to have a strong border or we're going to have a closed border". "The president's threat to close the border entirely would be an economic catastrophe for the United States", Rattner writes.

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