Mexican authorities find 338 Central American migrants aboard buses


"After many years (decades), Mexico is apprehending large numbers of people at their Southern Border, mostly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador", he said.

Trump's series of tweets on March 30 also revealed the president's stance on the matter and in one such message, he stated that Mexico needs to use its "strong immigration laws" to prevent the thousands of people trying to enter the U.S.

And that's before you even hear what it might mean for the avocado supply.

From the avocados on avocado toast, to the limes and tequila in margaritas, the United States is heavily reliant on Mexican imports of fruit, vegetables and alcohol to meet consumer demand.

When reached for comment about the impact of a possible border closing, Ford, GM and Chrysler referred CNN to a statement from Matt Blunt, the president of the American Automotive Policy Council. That report notes that if the Mexican border were completely closed, California would run out of avocados within three weeks (forcing us to possibly rely on the smuggling of an avocado cartel). Almost half of all imported U.S. vegetables and 40 percent of imported fruit are grown in Mexico, according to the latest data from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Trump threatened to close the border this week amid a rising crisis of asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants.

A senior Homeland Security official, who declined to be named, told reporters that a definitive solution on border closures had not been made yet.

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Federal immigration authorities are now releasing migrants as fast as they are taking them in. "And according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, almost 80% of these exports - $207 billion - were shipped to Mexico via truck or rail". "Obviously, we do have issues and we agree with the president, but I think ... the solution lies with Congress and, of course, our president as well". "They said if it's a complete shutdown, no one comes in or out because the border will just be closed". So it's an argument that should be made to the USA public, in addition to, but not instead of, a conversation on migration, he said.

It's worth noting that in the past, spikes in border traffic have often preceded upcoming crackdowns, such as the uptick that occurred just before Mr. Trump's election as he campaigned on getting tough on immigration. "I emphasized need to partner in assisting Central America", Engel said on Twitter.

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

"Closing the border would cause an immediate depression in border state communities and, depending on the duration, a recession in the rest of the country", he said.

The effects were evident Monday: Sergio Amaya, a 24-year-old American citizen who lives in Juarez, Mexico, and attends UTEP.

Which brings us back to avocados.

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