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What Would Be The Possible Effects Of A Border Shutdown?

Border Wait Nogales
Murphy Woodhouse/KJZZ
Motorists wait to cross at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales, Sonora, in February 2019. Since the U.S. implemented restrictions at the border on March, 20, 2020, fewer people have been crossing.

Last Friday, President Donald Trump threatened to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border if Mexico didn't immediately stop illegal immigration.

If the president were to close the southern border, it would likely have major implications for Arizona, as well as the rest of the country.

Mexico is Arizona’s biggest trading partner, accounting for nearly a third of the state’s exports, according to an analysis from the University of Arizona. Now, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce have warned about what a closed border would mean for the state.

To talk about the implications, Garrick Taylor with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce joined The Show.

Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.