President Trump decides not to close US-Mexico border

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Thursday night, President Trump is backing away from his threat to close the U.S.-Mexico border. The president had hinted he may shut down the border this week over concerns of a rise in illegal immigration.

“We’re going to give them a one-year warning,” he said.

Trump says he will not close the U.S.-Mexico border — at least for now.

“If the drugs don’t stop — or largely stop — we’re going to put tariffs on Mexico and products.”

All week, the president had threatened to completely shut down the border after Homeland Security officials reported a sharp spike in illegal crossings.

Even Republican lawmakers warned him to think again.

“Closing down the border would have a potentially catastrophic economic impact,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Veronica Nigh, an economist with the American Farm Bureau, said if border checkpoints are closed, even for short periods of time, it hits consumers in the pocketbook.

“We’re used to being able to ship seven days a week, and delays at the port just add additional cost time and additional time, and we’d see that pretty quickly.”

Trump will travel to Southern California on Friday. Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley says the president will focus on what’s being done to curb illegal immigration.

“He’s going to show the American people we’re building a wall. This piece has already been completed, we’re moving on to more building now.”

Democrats argue that building the wall is as bad of an idea as completely closing the border. A lawsuit by several states to stop wall construction continues to make its way through the courts.

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