Immigration

” I will be closing the Border”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

"I will be closing the border," Trump says, if Mexico doesn't do -- something -- about the flow of immigrants reaching our southern border.

It's not entirely clear what legal precedent Trump could use to actually shut down the border, but one thing that is clear is that it would be an economic disaster.

Industry economists who spoke to CNN say the entire American auto industry would come screeching to a halt within a week if Trump shuts down the border because they would literally run out of parts to produce new vehicles. Trump regime officials who spoke to CNN also say they've warned Trump about the consequences and he hasn't been convinced that it's a bad idea.

Members of his own administration have told CNN that he has been warned several times about the economic consequences of a shutdown. One administration official described the effects as "catastrophic" and "a whole world of hurt." But the president continues to contemplate the idea of shutting the border in sections or in its entirety, according to officials.

The auto industry is particularly vulnerable to a border shutdown because it imports $59.4 billion worth of parts from Mexico. It also exports $32.5 billion worth of parts from US automakers and parts manufacturers to assembly plants operating in Mexico. Those exports could be shutdown as well.

For those who don't particularly care if Trump idles the entire auto industry, you may be alarmed to learn that we would also run out of avocados within a few weeks if Trump closes the border.

I'm being facetious, of course, but the threat is real enough.

Trump may be bluffing about shutting down the border and we should hope so because there may not be anything stopping him from doing so.

  • muselet

    I can’t be arsed to find an article, but some time in the past week, Donald Trump told a group of supporters that closing the border would mean “we” would build “our” cars here in Murca rather than in Mexico.

    No wonder he doesn’t understand that closing the southern border is a very bad idea. “Catastrophic” seems an understatement to me.

    –alopecia

  • katanahamon

    So..a crazy president says “I’m going to do something crazy which will only punish America,” that depends on another country to solve. ?? So, when do we declare him nuts and remove him from office?

    • mnpollio

      Apparently never – because removing him from office would “divide” the country and is not politically convenient for some. On a side note, Mitch McConnell is contemplating a “nuclear option” to blitz us with an overwhelming barrage of Trump sympathetic judges, so there is also that to look forward to.

      • katanahamon

        Articles already pointing out that they’re stacking the judiciary at an alarming rate..we tried telling the public this before the election…

  • Draxiar

    You know nothing Don Trump.