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FROM THE BORDER – After issuing a one-year warning to Mexico, Trump is scheduled to visit the Calexico border on Friday.

Trump landed in Calexico at 11:40 a.m. and will participate in a roundtable discussion with local law enforcement officials. After the discussion, he will tour a 2.2-mile-long stretch of a recently completed section of the barrier on the border.

He is also scheduled to visit Los Angeles after the border tour.

On Thursday, in the Oval Office, Trump issued a strong warning to Mexico to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants and drugs pouring into the country, or he would put tariffs on automobiles made in Mexico, and close the southern border.

On Thursday, Trump said, “We’re going to give them a one-year warning and if the drugs don’t stop or largely stop, we’re going to put tariffs on Mexico and products, in particular cars. And if that doesn’t stop the drugs, we close the border.”

White House officials confirmed that closing the border was an option still on the table, and at the same time, was just one of a number of options on the table.

In an op-ed, Fox News’ Charlie Kirk highlighted how Trump’s threat to close the southern border has succeeded in forcing Mexico to commit to “stopping the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs crossing into the U.S.”

Thursday evening, during a town hall event, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said Trump was right on border control issues, and Democrats were wrong on ICE. Schultz, who has not yet formally announced his candidacy for a 2020 presidential run, agreed with Trump on a number of issues and even said Trump has done some things right, but he does not agree with the way Trump always conducts himself. 

Schultz is strongly speculated to run as a third-party candidate.

Even with the support of the Republican base, and other notable individuals like Schultz, there are elected officials who disagree with closing the border.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) said closing the border would be devasting to Texas.

Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) said “legitimate trade and travel” should continue at the U.S.-Mexico border, while Congress should pass legislation to stop the overwhelming influx of undocumented immigrants.

Trump’s assertion to close the border comes as Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the administration is treating the crisis as a “Category 5 hurricane disaster.”

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol confirmed last week they were on par to apprehend more than 100,000 undocumented immigrants for the month of March.

Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her AIM border stories, @MarissaAlisa.

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