Mexico Hass Avocado Prices Jump 34%, Most in a Decade

by Garry Watts April 4, 2019, 0:33
Mexico Hass Avocado Prices Jump 34%, Most in a Decade

During a speech at the National Republican Congressional Committee's annual spring dinner Tuesday evening, Trump claimed Mexico was cooperating in apprehending migrants at the border.

Approximately 11,000 to 12,000 commercial trucks cross the border at Nogales daily, laden with about 50 million pounds of produce such as eggplants, tomatoes, bell peppers, lettuce, cucumbers, and berries, he said.

"We're watching it and looking for ways to allow the freight passage".

However, White House chief economist Larry Kudlow said they were working to minimize the economic impact from a closure of the border - including keeping truck lanes open.

Trump is facing pushback from rights groups, business owners, Democrats and those within his own party, who say closing the border would have devastating effects in the United States and Mexico.

"Sure, it's going to have a negative impact on the economy".

Trump threatened on Friday to close the border this week unless Mexico acted.

"There's a deep disconnect, or even a pathology of sorts, festering at the core of the Trump administration's response to the humanitarian crisis at the southern border", Plum Line columnist Greg Sargent wrote Wednesday.

Trump has threatened to close the border with Mexico as soon as this week due to the recent surge in migrants coming to the United States from Central America, although he has mused about the possibility of closing down the border for months.

Wait times for vehicles trying to cross the border in Brownsville extended to three hours on Monday, a senior DHS official told reporters Tuesday.

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Trump has told advisers that he would close the ports of entry and reallocate the border-patrol agents to other parts of the country.

DHS says that besides getting Mexico to block the transit of migrant caravans to the border, Congress should take immediate action to give border officials the power to forcibly repatriate Central American illegal immigrants, including children who arrived alone, back to their countries.

Trump has used a similar approach before with trade negotiations and even in the run-up to the government shutdown past year.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Tuesday that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told him the United States will not close the border, despite Trump's threats.

"Any action that stops commerce at the border would be harmful to the U.S. economy, and in particular, the auto industry".

Dozens of USA vehicle, engine, transmission and other auto parts plants could close because of a lack of components in the days after a border shutdown. He said lawmakers must work on new laws to change the incentive structure that draws the flow of people from Central America. But Trump has so far refused to back down.

"I don't think it's likely that Mexico comes up with anything tangible that actually satisfies or solves any of the problems that we allegedly have on the border".

Most fresh fruit and vegetables imported during the winter months could disappear from grocery store shelves across the US within a matter of days.

The auto industry is particularly vulnerable to a border shutdown because it imports $59.4 billion worth of parts from Mexico. She reportedly added that 900,000 people are coming to the US this year "without any legal right to stay".

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