Closing the border is preposterous, but what if?
Of course, President Trump won't close the border. But what if he did? The above chart shows the market share by the origin of a group of commodities for the week ending March 16, as reported by the USDA.
There have already been articles speculating on the "doomsday scenario," including The New York Times article headlined "Avocado Shortages and Price Spikes: How Trump’s Border Closing Would Hit U.S."
There is nothing like the fear of an avocado shortage to raise the alarm of Americans. But as the chart above indicates, the U.S. leans on Mexico supply for numerous commodities.
It can't happen, but what if?