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Trump Gives Mexico a One-Year Warning

President eases threat to immediately close the border
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2019 12:46 PM CDT
Vehicles from Mexico and the US approach a border crossing in El Paso, Texas, Monday, April 1, 2019.   (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

(Newser) – The US-Mexico border won't be closed after all. A few days ago, President Trump threatened to shut the border as early as this week unless Mexico stopped all illegal immigration immediately. On Thursday, the president replaced the threat with a warning: If Mexico doesn't stop illegal drugs and immigrants from crossing the border within a year, the US will start imposing taxes on cars and other products, reports the Hill. And if that doesn't work, "we close the border," he said. "We're going to give them a one-year warning."

The shift comes after members of both parties in Congress, along with business groups, made clear to the White House that closing the border could have disastrous financial consequences, reports the Washington Post. Mexico is the United States' third largest trading partner. Trump apparently got the message, but he insisted his threat is real. “You know I will do it,” he said to reporters in the Cabinet Room. “I don’t play games.” (Read more President Trump stories.)

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