Cruz: 'Devastating' if Trump closes U.S.-Mexico border

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzJim Carrey fires back at 'Joe McCarthy wanna-be' Cruz Hillicon Valley: Google delays cutting off Huawei | GOP senators split over breaking up big tech | Report finds DNC lagging behind RNC on cybersecurity GOP senators split over antitrust remedies for big tech MORE (R-Texas) said on Wednesday that it would be "devastating" if President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE closes the U.S.-Mexico border, joining a chorus of Republicans pushing back against the idea. 

"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," Cruz said in a statement. 

He added that while the United States needs to "secure the border," Trump shouldn't punish individuals "who are legally crossing the border." 

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"The answer is not to punish Texas farmers and ranchers and manufacturers and small businesses. Closing legal points of entry would harm American commerce and legal transit between Mexico and the United States, and leave coyotes and human traffickers to roam free in the wilderness of our unsecured border," Cruz continued. 

Trump set off alarm bells on Capitol Hill after he told reporters that he would either shut down the border or "close large sections of the border" if Congress doesn't pass stricter immigration laws. 

"A lot of us don't think that closing the border is a good idea, and hopefully he'll come to that conclusion too," Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneOn The Money: Congress, White House aim to include debt limit increase in spending deal | McConnell optimistic budget deal near | Carson defends HUD eviction plan | Senate votes to undo tax hike on Gold Star families Congress, White House indicate debt limit increase will be part of spending deal Hillicon Valley: Trump takes flak for not joining anti-extremism pact | Phone carriers largely end sharing of location data | Huawei pushes back on ban | Florida lawmakers demand to learn counties hacked by Russians | Feds bust 0M cybercrime group MORE (R-S.D.), the No. 2 Senate Republican, told reporters this week. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push Iraq War looms over Trump battle with Iran 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests MORE (R-Ky.) separately told reporters that closing the southern border would have a "potentially catastrophic economic impact." 

Trump backpedaled on Tuesday evening, saying that Mexico is now helping apprehend migrants. 

"I really wanted to close it. But now Mexico is saying, 'No, no, no.' First time in decades," Trump said during remarks at the National Republican Congressional Committee's annual spring dinner.

Cruz added in his statement on Wednesday that Democrats needed to support funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall and close "loopholes" in the U.S. asylum system. 

"Our broken immigration system and years of unwillingness to secure our southern border has produced a security and humanitarian crisis. Human traffickers, drug traffickers, and criminal cartels are responsible for suffering and misery and death," he said. "And Democratic obstructionism — fueled by a partisan hatred for President Trump —has blocked Congress from fixing the problem."