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Want your avocados, tomatoes and berries? Trump shutdown of Mexico border could cause shortages

April 2, 2019

By Alexander Coolidge of Cincinnati Enquirer : deserts – excerpt

CINCINNATI — President Donald Trump has threatened to “seal” the U.S.-Mexico border to combat illegal immigration — a move that might include shutting down trade, according to multiple reports.

Closing off trade would disrupt the flow of $26 billion of food imports in the U.S. from Mexico — threatening U.S. shoppers with potential shortages and higher prices for their groceries. Consumers would see the biggest impact at the produce section, which imports nearly $14 billion of fruits and vegetables from Mexico annually.

Top imports from Mexico include: $2.3 billion worth of avocados in 2017; $1.8 billion in tomatoes; $2 billion in berries; and nearly $1 billion in peppers, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Trump renewed calls for tougher border security last week as he cut off aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — countries blamed for migrant caravans that travel through Mexico to enter the U.S. The president threatened to close the border with Mexico, adding closing off trade was a possibility, according to the New York Times(more)

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