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Texas Governor’s Border Slowdown Cost $4 Billion, Research Shows

Commercial trucks wait to cross the Pharr-Reynosa International bridge in Pharr, Texas, on April 13.
Commercial trucks wait to cross the Pharr-Reynosa International bridge in Pharr, Texas, on April 13.Photographer: Michael Gonzalez/Getty Images

Texas’s economy took a more than $4 billion hit in April after Governor Greg Abbott’s order to ramp up on security at the border resulted in shipping delays and bridge blockades, according to a new analysis.

The more than week-long slowdown of trucks entering Texas from Mexico, carrying everything from avocados to auto parts, shaved $4.23 billion off Texas’s gross domestic output, factoring in multiplier effects, according to Perryman Group, a Texas-based economics research body.