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John Fritze, USA Today, Apr. 3, 2019
"In the chaotic hours after President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963, U.S. officials took an extraordinary step that would be considered only a handful of times in the decades that followed: They sealed the U.S.-Mexico border.
As a newly sworn in President Lyndon Johnson departed Dallas for Washington, thousands of Americans and Mexicans were stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic at border crossings near El Paso, according to news reports at the time. Hours later, U.S. citizens were permitted to cross from Juarez back into Texas.
The decades-old episode underscores the immense logistical and legal challenges President Donald Trump would face if he follows through on a threat to "close the border" with Mexico, experts said. The move could disrupt more than $1.5 billion in goods and hundreds of thousands of people who cross the border legally every day.
"We'd be shooting ourselves in the foot by closing the border," said Stephen Yale-Loehr, a Cornell University law professor who specializes in immigration. "It’s like stopping funding for cancer research on the theory that we'll get fewer cancers." "