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Arizona Farm Bureau: 'Closing The Border Would Be Devastating'

On Wednesday, outside of the White House, Gov. Doug Ducey shifted his position on President Trump’s threat the close our Southern border.

He told reporters that, while trade is important, “border security comes first.”

This is a new take on a possible government shutdown for Ducey. But President Trump’s border shutdown has flip-flopped back and forth from a hard-line stance on a border shut down to a wait-and-see approach. Ducey’s words seem to echo Trump’s more severe option.

The Show turned to the Arizona Farm Bureau for their take on the issue. Tens of thousands of agriculture jobs are in Arizona, with around $1.5 billion worth of exports annually moving across the border here.

Chelsea McGuire is director of government relations for the bureau and she joined The Show.

Since airing this story, President Trump has backed down from his threat to shut down the U.S. Southern border. Instead, Trump is now giving Mexico "a one-year warning" to address his concerns about its handling of immigrants traveling through the country on the way to the United States.

NPR contributed to this post. 

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