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President Trump continues threat to close border to Mexico, US automotive production would halt within a week

Posted at 5:58 PM, Apr 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 12:36:30-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — If President Trump were to close the border to Mexico for security reasons it would be harmful to the automotive industry.

We reached out to General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler and the United Auto Workers Union. None of them would give statements in response.

We talked with Kristin Dziczek from the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor. She says the closing would be huge and sudden:

“We’re the number one destination for imported auto parts from Mexico. And our exports to the rest of the world, Mexico is our second largest export market,” Dziczek says.

She also said US automotive production would shut down within a week and include Canada and Mexico because the countries are so closely connected.

GM and Ford told us to contact the American Automotive Policy Conference. We got this statement from Governor Matt Blunt from the Council:

Any action that stops commerce at the border would be harmful to the U.S. economy, and in particular, the auto industry. Access to Mexico’s market place and North American integration are critical to operations in the U.S. That is why we are strong supporters of the administration’s USMCA agreement. USMCA is essential to maintaining the competitiveness of the U.S. auto industry and we are urging Congress to pass it without delay.