Stephen Miller: No decision yet on shutting down border

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The leftist president has consistently refused to get drawn into a war of words with Trump over the border.

"It may be that it's the best decision that we close the border", Sanders told the press, "Democrats are leaving us absolutely no choice at this point".

Delays were already rising at several key border crossings as Trump ratcheted up pressure on Democrats in Congress to toughen USA laws against illegal immigrants, threatening to hurt the United States economy in the name of border security. Mexico is also the biggest importer of US diesel and gasoline, which travel by rail, though it's unclear if rail terminals would also be closed in a border-shutdown, Reuters reports.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen cut short an official trip to Europe to return for meetings early Tuesday on the border crisis. "We will not stand idly by while Congress fails to act yet again, so all options are on the table".

Trump praised efforts by Mexico to hinder illegal immigration from Central America at its own southern border. The president added that Mexico is working to make migration an option instead of a need, and acknowledged that the United States lawmakers' visit is a show of friendship and good will with Mexico.

The National Corn Growers Association also chimed in and emphasized the importance of Mexico trade saying, "Withdrawing from the existing NAFTA agreement, closing the U.S. -Mexico border, or implementing other policies that jeopardize the future of this important economic partnership, would be catastrophic for farmers already struggling amid declining profits and devastating natural disasters".

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From the avocados on avocado toast, to the limes and tequila in margaritas, the United States is heavily reliant on Mexican imports of fruit, vegetables and alcohol to meet consumer demand. The most recent came over the weekend, and the threat was subsequently backed by White House officials so this one carries a bit more weight. But those people are acting within their rights; they are legally allowed to cross the border, surrender themselves to the authorities and wait for their asylum case to be reviewed.

He said a closing of the border would lead to immediate layoffs and result in shortages and price increases at grocery stores and restaurants. "I am not kidding around", the president said then, plainly exasperated by the migrant flow. Wait times at Brownsville, Texas, were 180 minutes Monday, double the wait previous year.

Central American asylum seekers are escorted out of the Chaparral border crossing gate after being sent back to Mexico by the Tijuana, Mexico, Jan. 30, 2019.

A CBP facility in El Paso, Texas, temporarily closed checkpoints on the USA side of the border because officials said the facilities were overwhelmed with migrants.

Trump said he had spoken with "a few" Democrats on Tuesday about the administration's proposals and added, "they're changing their minds".