Avocado shortages, virgin margaritas: Border shutdown would hit American palates

Muriel Colon
April 3, 2019

In line with that, Senator Bernie Sanders, a 2020 USA presidential candidate outlined that a more humane policy is required which will ensure that little kids are not pulled out of the arms of their mothers in a bid to get more secure border security. Running out of avocados kind of sounds like one.

"If trade were interrupted, US producers would suffer crippling disruptions of their supply chains, American families would see prices spike for food and cars, and USA exporters would be cut off from their third-largest market", he said. As to why, I'll let the president tweet in his own words. "Sometimes it's not a ideal little anecdote that encapsulates everything".

And while we wait for the avocados to run out, consumers will have to suffer through higher costs for the imported produce products.

A group representing General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said in a statement that "any action that stops commerce at the border would be harmful to the USA economy, and in particular, the auto industry".

For another, statistics like these - how quickly US consumers would feel the pressure of a border closure when they go to make breakfast - only capture one part of the U.S. But the other rough half is of trade is trade in intermediate parts.

It's perhaps the most freakish move in two years of relentlessly erratic and weird behavior by Trump, and he is indeed now threatening to flat-out close the southern border of the United States with Mexico. Nielsen called the situation a "real-life humanitarian and security catastrophe" with numbers trending from "bad to worse".


In fact, a 2015 Pew study concluded that in a historic shift, more Mexicans returned to their home country between 2009-2014 than entered the United States. Damaging alliances, giving Russians classified information in the Oval Office, letting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman get away with the grisly killing of USA -based journalist Jamal Khashoggi are only a few examples of inexplicable, counterproductive "policy", if one can call it that. "Democrats are leaving us absolutely no choice at this point".

Waltz said he believes there's a middle ground when it comes to addressing the issue at the southern border. So it's an argument that should be made to the US public, in addition to, but not instead of, a conversation on migration, he said.

"Trump's default when there is threatening news is to create a crisis on the border".

Then to top it all off, the White House gave 25 people top security clearances whom intelligence community personnel believed posed a risk.

Asked about the economic impact, the president acknowledged that closing the border would be painful - but that security is more important.

"And closing the border - that makes no sense at all", he told CNN. The economic effect alone would be huge because Mexico is America's No. 1 trading partner. "And to be honest with you, we have to get rid of judges", the President continued, later explaining that he no longer wants to catch people trying to illegally cross the Southern border and "bring them to a court".

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