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Capitol Report: Here’s what the U.S. buys and sells from Mexico

The stuttering U.S. economy could suffer a savage blow, business leaders and economists say, if President Trump acts on his threat to shut the Mexican border to block a rising tide of migrants.

Households would face immediate repercussions, they say, in the form of higher prices for groceries and other key consumer staples. And businesses could suddenly confront shortages of key parts and materials, especially in the auto industry.

“Obviously it would not be very good for the U.S. economy that’s already downshifting,” said Sal Guatieri, director of economist research at BMO Capital Markets.

“The auto industry would face serious disruption.

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