Border shutdown: Examining the impact

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President Trump is backing away from his threat to close U.S. border crossings with Mexico, saying he now wants to give the Mexican government one year to stem the tide of illegal immigration, drug trafficking and gang violence along the border.

Mr. Trump also said he will consider levying tariffs on cars imported from Mexico.

Hundreds of thousands cross the border legally each day.

“We do not think of ourselves as two different communities, we think of ourselves as two suburbs that are part of one community, and we interact all the time,” says Brownsville, Texas mayor Tony Martinez.

Many continue to worry and wait for the president’s next move.

Mexico is America’s third largest trading partner, with $1.7 billion dollars in cross-border spending every day. Almost half of our imported vegetables and 40 percent of imported fruits are grown in Mexico, meaning any closures of the border would have a swift and massive economic impact.

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