WASHINGTON, D.C. — Neil Bradley, executive vice president and chief policy officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement today in response to the Trump Administration's threat to close the U.S.-Mexico border.
“We share the administration’s concerns over the massive influx of migrants seeking to enter our country along our southern border. It is one reason we have called on Congress to take steps to secure the border and fix our broken immigration system. We oppose, however, closing the border. Closing the U.S.-Mexico border would inflict severe economic harm on American families, workers, farmers, and manufacturers across the United States. U.S. trade with Mexico exceeds $1.7 billion daily, and nearly half a million people legally cross the southern border every day as workers, students, shoppers, and tourists. Even threatening to close the border to legitimate commerce and travel creates a degree of economic uncertainty that risks compromising the very gains in growth and productivity that policies of the Trump Administration have helped achieve.”