If President Donald Trump follows through with his threat to close the nation's border with Mexico, it could create "complications for all kinds of issues," but ultimately, it will help the United States and the immigration situation it faces, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Monday.
"We are in a crisis now," Paxton told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "We don't have the state or federal resources available to deal with the number of people coming to this country. I don't know what choice the president has, given the massive number of people coming through the border."
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said closing the border will prove an "unmitigated economic debacle" that could threaten 5 million American jobs, and the U.S. and Mexico trade about $1.7 billion in goods daily.
Paxton also said he does not think Trump will get much "blowback" from Americans about cutting aid to Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala to try to force those countries to do something about stemming the numbers of people who are heading to the United States.
"We send them a lot of money," Paxton said. "We don't ask a lot from them. In this case, we're asking them to defend their border and our border. It's not an unreasonable request."
By any measure, there is a crisis at the border because the violence and poverty are overwhelming for communities and law enforcement on both sides, Paxton said.
"I wish Congress would step up to the plate," Paxton said. "Hopefully those messages get to Congress and they'll do something about this."
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