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Borderland residents react to President Trump's threat to shut down the border

Borderland residents react to President Trump’s threat to shut down the border

President Trump is threatening once again that he will shut down the border if there is no funding for his border wall.

The American consulate says if that happens, they would simply advise people to check their phone for CBP border wait times.

Friday marks the seventh day of the partial government shutdown.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says about 20,000 people and about 40,000 vehicles cross the border between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez every day.

According to the Texas Comptroller's Office said about $72 billion are earned in trade in the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez border.

Manuel Rodriguez is visiting the borderland from Denver, Colorado.

“Yeah I just crossed the border to get some candy, some loteria,” said Manuel Rodriguez.

Even during a partial government shutdown, furloughed Customs and Border Protection officers keep the border awake.

President Trump said in a tweet he seeks to call it a good night for the border, saying he will be forced to close the southern border entirely if no funding is approved to build a border wall.

Alejandro Rivera is also visiting from Jalisco, Mexico.

“I think it’s a way to negotiate which is respectable,” said Rivera.

But Rivera added that both countries depend on each other.

The port of entry that combines San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico actually did briefly shut down in late November after a group of migrants tried crossing the border and protests erupted.

The San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce reported that the brief shutdown cost the city about $5.3 million. It also estimated that it cost Tijuana another $6 million.

American citizens in Mexico during that shutdown were told by the U.S. consulate to check media and monitor the CBP website to see when it would reopen.

The consulate did not answer if there is protocol to bring American citizens home if the president shuts down the southern border.

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