Closing southern border may be "best decision": White House

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If the border to Mexico were to close, the US would run out of avocados within three weeks, according to NBC News.

Ms Ganley said: "We're absolutely going to see higher prices".

Last week, Border Patrol agents in El Paso we forced to keep thousands of illegal immigrants housed under a bridge because detention centers are full.

Trump administration officials are pulling back the president's threat to shut the southern border as soon as this week. He said the root causes behind the phenomenon, which include violence and poverty in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, must be tackled.

For another, statistics like these - how quickly USA consumers would feel the pressure of a border closure when they go to make breakfast - only capture one part of the U.S.

According to the communiqué, Lopez Obrador noted that the Federal Government has made in-depth changes in the labor and environmental sectors, and it has taken innovative outreaching measures to improve competitiveness in the northern border region and to develop Mexico's south and southeast.

President Donald Trump has maintained numerous asylum claims are bogus and used simply as a means to enter the U.S.

The Mexican Embassy reached out to automakers over the weekend to sound the alarm, automakers said on the condition they not be named. 'We've already had to move roughly 750 personnel from ports of entry'. Average wait times at Brownsville, Texas, were 180 minutes Monday, twice the length of peak times past year. And there were 150 trucks in Otay Mesa, California, still waiting when the border station closed for the day.

It's unclear whether Trump will follow through on his threat, but Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz - who's also chairman-elect of the Texas Border Coalition, a collective of border mayors, county judges and more who advocate for border communities at the Texas Legislature - is preparing in case it happens. This legal requirement has placed enormous pressure on DHS facilities and has forced the agency to release hundreds of migrants who arrived at the border in recent weeks to the care of private charities.

Trucks wait in a long queue for border customs control to cross into the World Trade Bridge in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico April 2, 2019.

In two months of testimony, almost every level of the Mexican government has been depicted as being on the take: Prison guards, airport officials, police officers, prosecutors, tax assessors and military personnel are all said to have been compromised.