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President Trump threatened to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border within one week as a way to stop illegal immigration, disrupting millions of legal border crossings and asylum seekers in the process.

Why it matters: On Friday, Trump added that he was prepared to close off trade and commercial ports of entry, the New York Times reports. A complete shutdown could cost the U.S. billions of dollars in trade — $26 billion in food imports alone, per the Department of Agriculture.

By the numbers: $346 billion in goods were imported to the U.S. in 2018, while $265 billion were exported to Mexico, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. That's a daily average of $1.675 billion worth of trade flowing between the U.S.-Mexico border. Here are some of the goods that would affected if Trump were to close the U.S.-Mexico border:

  • Auto parts: The auto industry would only survive the border's closure for one week, said Kristin Dziczek, the vice president of industry, labor and economics at the Center for Automotive Research. Every automaker with an auto plant in the U.S. depends on parts imported from Mexico.
  • Produce: Fresh fruits and vegetables imported from Mexico are worth $10.8 billion each year. Tomatoes from Mexico are the No. 1 importer to the U.S., worth $2.18 billion, Forbes reports.
    • Avocados: If imports from Mexico stop, Americans risk running out of avocados in three weeks time, Steve Barnard, president and chief executive of Mission Produce, told Reuters.
  • Alcohol: The U.S. imports 183.8 million liters of tequila from Mexico each year, which accounts for 1.3 billion of total tequila imports.
  • Oil: Mexico is the No. 1 importer of U.S. diesel and gasoline. Rail terminals, which move some of the refined fuels, could be affected by the closures, but it's still uncertain, Reuters reports.

What they're saying: Several politicians have spoken against the border closure. The Republican mayor of El Paso, Texas, said Tuesday closing the border would "detrimental, almost draconian" to the region's economy, The Guardian reports.

  • White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday that Trump economists are studying the potential impact of closing the U.S.-Mexico border. "Certainly, we're looking at all options when it comes to closing the different ports of entry," she said.

The bottom line: Mexico was the second largest supplier of goods imports to the U.S. in 2017, according to the office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Economists predict prices will go up at grocery stores and U.S. industries would come to a standstill.

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"Atmospheric river" swings Northern California from drought to flood

Satellite view of the bomb cyclone swirling off the coast of the Pacific Northwest and the atmospheric river affecting California on Oct. 24. Photo: CIRA/RAMMB

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest.

Why it matters: The atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, was causing Northern California to whiplash from drought to flood, as it slowly moved south overnight. It's triggered widespread power outages, flooding and mudslides.

In photos: Drought-ravaged California lashed by major storm

Workers try to divert water into drains as rain pours down on Oct. 24 in Marin City, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A major storm system was pummeling Northern California and parts of the Pacific Northwest with heavy rains overnight.

The big picture: "Atmospheric river" storms, associated with a record-strong "bomb cyclone" offshore from the Pacific Northwest, have brought flooding and mudslides to parts of California that were razed by recent wildfires and in severe drought. It's also caused widespread power outages in California and Washington state.

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Sudan's military places civilian prime minister under house arrest

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok during a 2020 news conference in Khartoum, Sudan. Photo: Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Sudan's civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was put under house arrest and several other ministers were also detained Monday in what appears to be a military coup in the country, per local reports.

Why it matters: The arrests of the civilian faction in the Sudanese government came a day after U.S. envoy Jeffrey Feltman met with the head of the military faction of the Sudanese government General Abdul Fattah al-Burhan and warned him against staging a coup.