WASHINGTON — President Trump must keep the U.S.-Mexico border open to protect the domestic auto and auto parts industries, according to Bill Hanvey, president and CEO of the Auto Care Association.
“The majority of auto parts imported into the United States come from Mexico, with over $55 billion imported in 2017,” Mr. Hanvey said in a statement released April 4.
“And, with over $30 billion of auto parts shipped annually to Mexico, thousands of American manufacturing jobs, which the president has made a prime focus, are in jeopardy from this potential action,” he said.
“Even a temporary halt to the critical flow of trade between countries will have an impact on both the domestic auto care industry, which employs 4.6 million people nationwide, and on the safe operation of the 280.6 million cars and trucks on the road today,” Mr. Hanvey said.
Late in March, President Trump threatened to close the Mexican border unless the Mexican government took action to stem the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs into the U.S.
On April 4, facing widespread opposition to the border-closing plan, Trump backed down and said he was giving the Mexican government “a one-year warning” to fix problems at the border.