The US-Mexico border: two sides that are united by fear of Trump’s closure | US news | The Guardian

Marcela Coallo is selling handbags in a shop called Bolsa Coketa. “We’re all scared, because we all depend on people from Mexico,” she said. “President Trump talks about wanting to help American families, so why is he threatening our livelihoods?” How long could Bolsa Coketa survive if the border closed? “One week perhaps,” she said. “That’s how serious this is.” Faced with the same question, Juan Aguilera, a pharmacist on the Mexican side of the bridge, has an equally grim answer. About 80% of his customers, he said, are US citizens, come to buy pharmaceuticals at knockdown prices. How long could he survive with a shuttered border – a week, a month, a year? He laughed. “Days,” he replied. “Just a few days.”

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