President Trump’s threat to close the border means a possible avocado shortage

By: Ashley Loaeza

President Donald Trump said on Friday that he cut off 500 million dollars in foreign aid for Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.  

The decrease in funds were approved by Congress and the president blamed the Central American governments for not doing enough to prevent the influx of migrants who are crossing through the southern border into America; which U.S. officials say is overwhelming immigration controls at the southern border with Mexico. 

In a series of tweets, Trump declared he will close the border this week if Mexico does not make progress.

The decision to close the border could come with economic setbacks such as food shortages, rising prices in produce, loss of jobs and a decrease in the stock market.   

The news comes with the fear of an avocado shortage.  California is fearful to lose their beloved avocado toasts and avocado shakes with Mexico being the primary avocado provider to the U.S.

Steve Banard, president and chief executive of Mission produce, the largest distributor of avocado growers in the world told Reuters that “Americans would run out of avocados in three weeks if imports from Mexico were stopped.”

Along with avocados, many other fresh produce such as limes, berries, cucumbers and tomatoes are  major Mexico imports to the U.S.