President Trump threatened Friday to “close the Southern Border entirely” if Congress does not appropriate funds to build his proposed wall.
The president’s threat came in an early morning tweet storm as the federal government closure entered its seventh day.
“We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with,” he tweeted.
Trump said he believed that closing the border would be profitable for the United States, claiming that the North American Free Trade Agreement is a money loser.
“Go back to pre-NAFTA, before so many of our companies and jobs were so foolishly sent to Mexico. Either we build (finish) the Wall or we close the Border,” he said in one of a series of four tweets before 5 a.m. Eastern time.
An estimated half million people cross the border daily, including 100,000 in the San Diego area, and many manufacturing supply chains straddle Mexico and the United States. Daily cross-border commerce has been estimated at over $1 billion.
Trump has threatened in the past to close the border to force changes in immigration policy.
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