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Businesses worry about possible border shutdown

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Posted at 6:19 PM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 21:19:44-04

SAN YSIDRO (KGTV) -- Business owners and commuters from Mexico are nervously waiting and watching to see what President Trump's next move will be.

Tuesday afternoon, the president told reporters he is still deciding whether he'll shut down the southern border.

Business owners in San Ysidro say just the mere threat is keeping people away.

"There's a lot of workers who cross daily, and most of them live in Mexico, so that definitely affects them, but people who are in retail it definitely affects our sales because customers don't want to get stuck at the border like they did last time there was a 5 hour shut down," said Govinda Figueroa.

She said when the border at San Ysidro closed in November, it took weeks to make up the loss.

"Last time there was a shut down it actually affected our sales for the next two weeks," said Figueroa.

Juan Cisneros lives in Tijuana, but walks to San Ysidro for work. He says the thought of the port of entry closing, even for a day, scares him.

"If we work in Mexico, the money is not enough, that's why we have to cross here to have a better living, so that's the reason we cross most of the time, so it will change our lives," said Cisneros.

During Tuesday's news conference, the president said in the last two days, Mexico has done a better job of stopping the flow of Central American migrants from coming through its southern border.

Figueroa said she doesn't know what to think.

"I think it's 50/50. I think a lot of us think it's just another political move and just another you know, empty promise or threat, but the people who cross are afraid it's going to happen and they don't want to get stuck at the border or on this side and not being able to cross back."