Tulsi Gabbard: Trump Isn’t Closing The Border Because He Cares About Safety

Erin Burnett on EBOF 4/1

Erin Burnett on EBOF 4/1

Mr. Trump has become increasingly frustrated by headlines proclaiming soaring numbers of migrants attempting to jump the border, and Department of Homeland Security authorities struggling to find tools to respond.

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

Closing the border is "not our first choice", she said.

Trump had acknowledged the economic costs of shutting down the border earlier in the day in the Oval Office.

"If you can close down the border when you're mad at anything, what is the value of a deal?" he said.

But officials at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said that won't help the 500,000 tourists, students, shoppers and others who cross the U.S. -Mexico border each day, nor the stores, schools and other border businesses that rely on that commerce.

"Sure, it will have a negative effect on the economy", Trump said of closing the border.

DHS officials said on the call that border facilities have been overwhelmed by families who can not be deported quickly because they hope to seek asylum in the U.S.

Diverting those officers and other resources away from US ports of entry along the Mexico border is already leading to increased wait times and logjams for commercial trucks and vehicles entering the United States.

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Following the attack, which was livestreamed on Facebook, Anning suggested a link existed between Muslim immigration and violence. After a falling out with Pauline Hanson and later Bob Katter, he split with their parties to sit on the crossbench.

"I don't know how you "war room" around 37-percent of parts coming in from Mexico", said Dziczek, referring to how auto companies have entire war rooms where they discuss contingencies if a part supplier goes down.

"He's taking his job as the commander in chief very seriously in terms of protecting the American people", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

But it also shook United States and Mexican industry, who depend heavily on the open border for trade in everything from farm goods to auto parts. Average wait times at Brownsville, Texas, were 180 minutes Monday, twice the length of peak times a year ago.

In a memorandum to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, Nielsen ordered the additional resources, saying the crisis is worsening.

But Senate Republican Lindsey Graham of SC, a Trump ally, said he's "all for" closing the border if it will "compel Congress to fix the underlying problem".

Trump's continued threats have highlighted how intertwined the $557 billion trade relationship between the US and Mexico is, particularly when it comes to the food supply. Senior Homeland Security officials said the move was to blame for the slowing of legal crossings at ports of entry.

"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.

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. About 50% of vegetables and 40% of fruit imported to the USA are grown in Mexico, according to U.S Department of Agriculture data.

Five new pork packing plants opened in the U.S.in last few years, only to have export markets contract because of the trade wars, Monroe said.

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