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Trump Back to Threatening Border Closure

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Image: President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn prior to his departure from the White House March 28, 2019. (Getty Images)

Trump is reviving his border wall threats. This time, he’s ready to act within a week.

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“If Mexico doesn’t immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States throug (sic) our Southern Border,” he tweeted Friday, “ I will be CLOSING the Border, or large sections of the Border, next week.”

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During an appearance in Florida Friday afternoon, Trump said he could close to border to trade for “a long time,” adding that the U.S. had exhausted all of its detention space for undocumented migrants, according to CNN.

“We have run out of space. We can’t hold people anywhere. Mexico can stop it so easily,” he said to media.

Department of Homeland Security had confirmed its plans to pull some officers from legal ports of entry to help with migrants crossing along the border. While the border has yet to fully close, a Homeland Security official told CNN that full closure at points of entry was “on the table.”

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“[W]hat we are doing is a very structured process based on operational needs to determine how many additional personnel we can pull from other duties to address the crisis between the ports,” said the official.

Trump’s announcement comes after Customs and Border Protection announced that undocumented migrants would be released in Arizona and Texas.

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March is expected to be the busiest month on record since 2008, according to CBP.

Trump’s tantrum leaves many facets of border closure unclear. Among the many holes in Trump’s thinking, it is unclear whether or not the closure would expand to cross-national transit, imports and exports. Deputy CBP Commissioner Robert Perez told CNN on Friday that such closures would have “pretty severe” consequences.

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“It’s Customs and Border Protection at every port of entry. Nearly 400 million travelers a year, $2.3 billion worth of trade, nearly 30 million trucks, rail cars and cargo containers every year,” said Perez. “What is so important to understand is that the crisis is so severe right now, we are literally trying to save lives.”

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DISCUSSION

It doesn’t make sense to ‘close the border’. We do a lot of trading with Mexico. They buy our stuff, we buy their stuff - we more or less have factories IN Mexico and ship the product up here to either sell directly, or use the parts to build other stuff.

From the day that JFK said we’d put a man on the moon, it was like 7 or 8 years, and we did it. THE MOON! We had thousands of scientists holed up in various places to make the first nuclear weapons - we did that too!

So you got a lot of people claiming asylum. Ok, we should be able to deal with that. Run buses or trains non stop from the border where people are claiming asylum to basically a town of pre-fab structures somewhere else, and pay for people to process those claims.

My point is that we as a nation have done some amazing things in short periods of time when we really wanted to do them. If we really wanted to deal with the people at the border, we _could_ do it. It’s not rocket science. It’s not nuclear physics. It’s just logistics.

Edit : and if DJT is thinking ‘we’ll just trade with someone else’ - yeah, ok, that’s one way to look at it, but as I previously mentioned, we have certain things we get from Mexico and sell to Mexico, and if that system is suddenly broken, then it could take a year or two for another country, which is less geographically favorable, to ramp up factories and whatnot in their own country. Someone else would have to step up to investing in production, and they’d have no guarantee that they’d make money, because next news cycle or twitter freak out, DJT might be after their country, and re-open the Mexico border. The guy doesn’t have a grasp on reality, so he’s capable of sinking any kind of deal based on his limited understanding and angry feelings. I wouldn’t invest in a new factory to replace one in Mexico. DJT’s successor whether that’s 2 years or 6 years away, will operate totally differently, and most likely re-open the border if it’s still closed. The whole thing is crazy.

TL;dr. Sorry.