Scramble inside West Wing over Trump's border threat

Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times

Trump repeatedly threatened to seal the southern border late past year, when the White House and Congressional Democrats couldn't reach an agreement over his demand for billions of U.S. dollars in funding for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, a plank of his 2016 presidential campaign.

"I think that the consequences to the economy, to our relationship with Mexico, to millions of families would be absurd".

"Closing down the border would have potentially catastrophic economic impact on our country and I would hope we would not be doing that sort of thing", McConnell told reporters at Congress.

Kudlow told CNBC that the Trump administration was exploring whether it could permit trucks carrying freight to cross the border if it is sealed.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen intends to fly to the border mid-week to assess the impact of several changes the administration has recently implemented, including efforts to return more asylum seekers to Mexico as they wait out their case.

"We're going to have a strong border or we're going to have a closed border", he added. -Mexican border as unrealistic. Another is the diminution of Washington's leverage by Mr. Trump's foolish decision to halt the flow of hundreds of millions of dollars of us aid meant to tackle the very problems impelling the current wave of migration.

A border shutdown would be felt at American dinner tables nearly immediately because fresh produce can't be warehoused for more than a few days, says Scott Vandervoet, whose family owns Vandervoet and Associates, a Nogales, Arizona, business that sells and markets produce imported from Mexico.

"They have started to do a significant amount more", Sanders said. Many who do make their way to the US border. Laredo, specifically, trades $230 billion worth of goods annually with Mexico, and about 15,000 trucks cross the border between Laredo and Mexico every day, Saenz says.

Trump brought up the possibility of closing ports of entry along the southern border Friday and revisited it in tweets over the weekend because of a surge of Central Americans migrants who are seeking asylum.

He also defended his decision to cut off "hundreds of millions of dollars" in U.S. aid to the three countries, accusing them of arranging the caravans of migrants.

DHS officials said border facilities have been overwhelmed by families who can not be deported quickly because they hope to seek asylum in the United States. At some points during the day, the US President demanded both that Mexico completely stem the flow of undocumented migrants crossing the border, and that the Congress "meet quickly and make a deal ... to get rid of chain migration ... get rid of catch and release", end the visa lottery and "do something about asylum".

Even without an official order to close the border, the crisis is forcing delays.

There's more to cross-border business than produce.

SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: Retailers in San Diego got a small taste of what a border shutdown might look like last November, when members of a migrant caravan charged the border and US officials closed one border crossing in response. European Union member states have built over 600 miles of border walls since 1989 and deployed an additional 10,000 armed guards to keep out or deport anyone who makes it to the continent.

Related News:

Most liked

Samantha Josephson: Moment student gets into vehicle she thought was Uber
Surveillance video of Josephson outside a bar shows her standing by herself on a curb on the morning she disappeared. The first dark vehicle Josephson went up to was not her ride, her father, Seymour Josephson, said.

Kanye West Gives First-Ever Interview On Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Her sister Kourtney Kardashian , meanwhile, revealed it took her a week to name her son Reign after he was born. Kim Kardashian knows where her loyalties lie.

New Game of Thrones Season 8 Poster Shows the Cost of War
The scary yet convincing April Fool's Day prank was much appreciated by fans, who lauded her for her "great acting skills". A brand new Game of Thrones teaser was released on Tuesday and appears to show the death of several main characters.

‘The View’ unloads on decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett
However, prosecutors in Cook County, Illinois on Tuesday dropped all charges against the actor following a surprise court hearing. Some experts say the actor definitely got special treatment. "The court file was not supposed to be sealed".

Guardiola enthuses: These Man City players amazed me again
That group is still lauded for going a whole league season unbeaten, but we felt we had underachieved. However, Guardiola believes his side need to win all of their remaining games to be champions again.

Mosque attacks remembrance service begins in Christchurch
The Australian gunman Brenton Tarrant, 28, is the only one accused of the attack. "He was a really nice man", she said. Prince William joined NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on a panel at the World Economic Forum meeting in January.

Politics of Puerto Rico heat up
Besides Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria , a Category 5 storm, also devastated Dominica and the US Virgin Islands in September 2017. The bill is likely to spark a broader debate in both the states and Puerto Rico about the island's status as a US territory.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named permanent Manchester United manager on 3-year deal
Solskjaer said he was delighted to be handed the opportunity and have an insight into how he plans to conduct himself at Old Trafford .

Boeing yet to agree to cancelation of 737 MAX 8 order: Garuda
Investigators into a deadly 737 MAX crash in Indonesia in October have also focussed on the new anti-stall system, called MCAS. After the software update is approved, it would take about a day to deploy and an hour to upgrade each aircraft.

Taraji P. Henson reacts to charges being dropped against Jussie Smollett
But she said Smollett had no idea who attacked him until the brothers were later identified by police. He told a detective that at least one of the attackers was white, according to Chicago police .

Jordan Peele Says He Doesn't See Himself Ever Casting A White Lead
Note, Get Out's second weekend dip of 15% was quite rare for a horror pic as they tend to drop on average 60% in weekend 2. The remark drew laughs, but Peele was serious about the inroads black actors can make, according to THR.

Michael Avenatti Charged In Two States For Extortion And Fraud
Update: Just a reminder that CNN and MSNBC made Avenatti a household name by having him on the air constantly past year . Monday's arrest came after Avenatti reportedly tried to extort Nike for $20 million, according to CBS News .

Has the Mueller investigation vindicated Trump? | Mueller Probe
Mr Barr has promised to release as much of the report as possible, but says some parts of the document are legally sensitive . Within minutes of the March 24 release of U.S.

Apple is launching subscription service for mobile and desktop games
It has taken his successor, CEO Tim Cook , almost eight years to draw up the script that the company will now try to execute. This is in contrast to the sometimes-confusing alphabet soup people can see on their credit card statements .

Apple unveils credit card
Apple will offer cash back rewards daily to Apple Card customers, a change from monthly rewards from most other cards. Additionally, customers will receive a percentage of every Apple Card purchase amount back as a daily cash reward.