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By Hilde Kate Lysiak
Residents of Mexico and the United States are voicing concerns over President Donald Trump threat to completely close the border, including the heavily trafficked Ports of Entry.
On March 29 the President stated he will be shutting down the Ports of Entry, where thousands of people go back and forth to visit relatives and conduct business, unless he can find a way to stop people from Mexico from coming into the United States illegally.
“If Mexico doesn’t immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States through our Southern Border, I will be CLOSING the Border, or large sections of the Border, next week. This would be so easy for Mexico to do, but they just take our money and “talk.” Besides, we lose so much money with them, especially when you add in drug trafficking etc.), that the Border closing would be a good thing!” President Trump Tweeted.
The Orange Street News traveled to the border in Nogales, Arizona, and interviewed dozens of people crossing Nogales’s Port of Entry, to find out how the closure would affect their lives.
George Subios told the Orange Street News that if the Ports of Entry were closed he could lose his business.
“I am a body builder and I body built in Mexico. There is a lot of economy going back and forth. It will cause a big impact to Arizona because the major income that we get back and forth, there is a lot of businesses that American people have at the border. That would be a big impact to families who are in need as well, families in middle or low class who can not sustain themselves as much as high economy people,” Subios said.
Other residents told the OSN they are against the closure for moral reasons.
“There is no business for a wall here. I am totally against it. I think it is absolutely beyond decency of him [TRUMP] to try it,” Jane Holmeroo told the OSN.
“It is affecting a lot of things. All the people that live in Mexico had traveled and have a life so connected to this part of the world, with the United States, and the border. It is to much trouble for us, you would cause economic problems,” said Marleen Misty.
“My Grandma stays herein I want to visit her. I need to cross the border, for my Grandma,” Alexis Miranda told the Orange Street News.
Not one person interviewed by the Orange Street News believed that closing the Ports of Entry would be a positive step.
Debate over the border between Mexico and the United States has been a heated issue. Border agents have told the OSN that drug cartels, human traffiking, and taken advantage over the porous border. Last month law enforcement claimed to have seized enough Fentanyle attempting to be smuggled from Mexico into the United States to kill every single person in America.
President Trump said closing the Ports of Entry would allow him redeploy those agents to weaker parts of the border.
“We have redeployed 750 agents at the Southern Border’s specific Ports of Entry in order to help with the large scale surge of illegal migrants trying to make their way into the United States. This will cause traffic & commercial delays until such time as Mexico is able to use it’s powerful common sense Immigration Laws to stop illegals from coming through Mexico into the U.S., and removing them back to their country of origin. Until Mexico cleans up this ridiculous & massive migration, we will be focusing on Border Security, not Ports of Entry. In the meantime, the Democrats in Congress must help the Republicans (we need their votes) to end the horrible, costly and foolish loopholes in our Immigration Laws. Once that happens, all will be smooth. We can NEVER allow Open Borders!” President Trump Tweeted on April 6, 2019.