Closing border could shut down auto industry, experts warn

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Auto industry experts say auto plants in the United States will be majorly disrupted and could even shut down if President Donald Trump closes the US-Mexican border.

Kristin Dziczek with the Center for Automotive Research told CNN it’s because automakers here rely on parts that are imported from Mexico. 

According to the report from CNN, about 37 percent of all auto parts that are imported to the United States originate in Mexico and “virtually all car models in America have Mexican parts.” If parts stop coming in from Mexico, Dziczek says the auto industry would lose their ability to produce vehicles “relatively quickly.”

“You can’t sell cars with missing pieces,” she told CNN. “You’ve got to have them all. I see the whole industry shutdown within a week of a border closing.”

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, an advocacy group for the auto industry, echoed those concerns in a statement released to The Detroit News.

“Automakers rely heavily on cross-border trade throughout the North American region. In many instances, auto parts can cross the border seven to eight times before being integrated into the final assembly of a vehicle,” the statement said. “We urge all parties to work together to avert a border closing that would result in significant disruptions to the North American auto industry, because ultimately increased costs hurt customers.”

President Trump first spoke about closing the border to Mexico last week. He revisited the idea in a series of tweets over the weekend.

“If Mexico doesn’t immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States throug [sic] our Southern Border, I will be CLOSING the Border, or large sections of the Border, next week,” he tweeted. 

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