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Cornyn warns Trump U.S.-Mexico border closure is a “terrible mistake”

Cornyn and Trump.
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Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told the Dallas Morning News that he called President Trump on Tuesday to warn him that closing the U.S.-Mexico border would be a “terrible mistake” and that it could “inflict unintended harm on Americans.”

Why it matters: The U.S. exported $265 billion worth of goods to Mexico in 2018, with approximately $1.67 billion in trade daily between the two countries. Produce, as well as the auto, alcohol and oil industries would be particularly strained with a border closure. Trump intends to stop illegal crossings with the closure.