Border Dems introduce resolution condemning Trump's closure threats

Two House Democrats representing districts in southern Texas introduced a resolution on Thursday condemning President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE’s recent threats to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Reps. Henry Cuellar and Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarWho are the House Democrats backing Trump impeachment? Who are the House Democrats backing Trump impeachment? Democrats fail to mollify impeachment crowd MORE introduced the legislation after weeks of threats from the White House as Democrats seek to gain ground in the messaging war over immigration. 


“This resolution sends a clear message that we strongly oppose closing the U.S.-Mexico border. Shutting down the entire border would not only severely disrupt the flow of goods, but it would also hamper tourism and create economic chaos for both economies. We will continue to fight any executive action that stands to harm our economy and trade relations,” Cuellar said in a statement circulated by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOcasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment GOP nervous that border wall fight could prompt year-end shutdown MORE’s (D-Calif.) office. 

“President Trump’s reckless behavior is a true national crisis. Shutting down the border will absolutely devastate our economy,” Escobar added. “This resolution demonstrates that the American people and the U.S. House of Representatives will strongly stand against any attempts to close our southern border, sabotage our efforts to address the root causes of migration, and strip away due process and humane treatment for those seeking a better life.” 

The resolution also condemns Trump’s recent announcement that he is cutting aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. 

Trump has doubled down in recent weeks on his hardline immigration stances, resurfacing his threats to shutter the border amid an increase in illegal crossings. The president has lashed out at Mexico for what he says is inadequate action in preventing migrants from entering the U.S. and at Democrats for pushing what he calls “weak” immigration laws.”

“The DEMOCRATS have given us the weakest immigration laws anywhere in the World. Mexico has the strongest, & they make more than $100 Billion a year on the U.S. Therefore, CONGRESS MUST CHANGE OUR WEAK IMMIGRATION LAWS NOW, & Mexico must stop illegals from entering the U.S.,” Trump tweeted last week.

The threats to shut down the border have faced bipartisan backlash in recent weeks, with politicians highlighting the economic consequences both the U.S. and Mexico would face.

"The economic disaster to the country would be huge, and my guess is that cooler heads will prevail upon the president not to do it. It would be a disaster for him and a disaster for the country," Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw US women's soccer team reignites equal pay push MORE (D-N.Y.) told reporters Tuesday.

"Closing the border to legal commerce would be devastating to Texas. Millions of jobs, in Texas and across the country, depend upon trade with Mexico, and the federal government shouldn’t do anything to jeopardize those jobs," Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control access face major obstacles Ocasio-Cortez and Cruz's dialogue shows common ground isn't just for moderates Ted Cruz, AOC have it right on banning former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists MORE (R-Texas) added in a statement Wednesday. 

Trump has shifted his stance in recent days, telling reporters Tuesday that he would only shutter the border if he cannot reach a deal with Congress to pass stricter immigration laws.

“I haven’t made that intention known. And I’m ready to close it if I have to close it,” he said when asked if he intends to close the border.

However, he signaled that he was not overly concerned about the economic impacts of a border closure, saying illegal immigration posed a grave security risk to the country. 

“Security is more important to me than trade,” he said. “So we’re going to have a strong border, or we’re going to have a closed border.”