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Unease over Trump threat to close border

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Photo taken from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico, on April 17, 2018 shows U.S. workers operating machinery on the U.S. side of the border in the construction of the new border wall between Mexico and the U.S. Xinhua/Christian Torres

EL PASO, Texas (Reuters) – Workers and students who frequently cross the US border with Mexico worried over the weekend about the impact on their lives if President Donald Trump follows through on a threat to shut entry points used by hundreds of thousands of people every day.

Faced with a surge of asylum seekers from Central American countries who travel through Mexico, Mr Trump said on Friday that there was a “good likelihood” he would close the border this coming week if Mexico does not stop unauthorised immigrants from reaching the United States.

Shutting the southern frontier completely would disrupt billions of dollars in trade and millions of legal border crossings, including those made by US citizen 22-year-old Andrea Torres, .

She spends weekdays with her aunt in El Paso, where she attends the local campus of the University of Texas, and weekends with her mother in Mexico..

Gerardo Pozas, a 38-year-old mechanic, moved to El Paso from Juarez in 1997 to attend high school and later became a US citizen. He has always retained strong ties with his birthplace.

He worries about what he would do if Mr Trump closed the border.

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