Ruby Contreras lives in El Paso with her 3-year old daughter. She told Fox News, “I’m worried because I have my family over there and it’s hard for them to come over here.” She visits regularly and worries about her family if she couldn’t visit.
Sebastian Carrasco, a 19-year old student who lives in Juarez, but goes to school in El Paso, explained: “There’s people in El Paso who come and go every day. Every day.”
Most border towns are just like El Paso, with many people living, working and shopping on both sides of the border. To them, closing it would be unthinkable.
“It stops lives,” said Carrasco. “That’s what it does. It stops lives.”
If the ports of entry shut down, trade experts have cautioned the impacts would reach far beyond border towns.
“Mexico is a significant trading partner with the United States and an even greater percentage with Texas,” said Margo. As for a border shutdown? “We can’t afford that.”
Many other Americans will feel the pinch as well, experts have said. Almost half of all vegetables and 40 percent of all fruits imported into the U.S. come from Mexico.
In addition, Mexico is the third-largest trading partner with the US, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said. In 2017, an estimated $615.9 billion was traded between the two countries.