The Cato Institute offers a menu of compelling reasons to give a border closing some careful thought.
Cato notes (abridged):
President Trump reiterated his threat Saturday to “close the border” or “large sections of it” next week. To put it mildly, “closing the border” is a terrible idea. The president cannot close the border to illegal immigration. What he can do—and is already doing—is slow the flow of legal crossings.
- Mexico is America’s 2ndlargest export market and 3rd largest total trading partner.
- S. border crossings with Mexico handle a half a trillion dollarsin trade each year. Nearly half enters through Texas where two thirds of illegal border crossings have occurred this year.
- Each year, U.S.-Mexico border crossings permit the entry of more than 190 million peopleand 6.3 million commercial trucks.
- Nearly 5 million American jobs dependon U.S.-Mexico trade.
- Mexico exports to the United States $26 billionin intermediate goods (components of final products), meaning that closing the border would be like building a wall in the middle of a factory floor.
Read more here from Cato’s David Bier.