Closing the border could disrupt millions of legal crossings and billions of dollars in trade.
It was a shift from Trump'sthreat late last week to seal the border, and quickly. He is also pushing for more detention capacity and demanding that Congress close alleged loopholes in asylum laws that force parents with kids to be released within 20 days rather than being detained indefinitely, even though it costs taxpayers $319 a day per migrant to confine them.
Tuesday she said during a conference call with reporters that DHS is facing a system-wide meltdown at the southern border, according to reporting on Fox News Channel.
"Democrats are leaving us absolutely no choice at this point", Mrs. Sanders said. "We're going to close the border".
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, speaking at an event in Washington Tuesday, dismissed Trump's threat to shut down the border as "an applause line, not an idea".
Trump has also been told by some advisers that it would be extremely hard to operationally shut down the border but he has told them to move forward with looking at ways to achieve the feat.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joined Democrats in warning Trump against such a move.
"Sure, it will have a negative effect on the economy", Trump said of closing the border.
"Any action that stops commerce at the border would be harmful to the U.S. economy, and in particular, the auto industry".
Some of those parts are critical like seat belt anchors and engine components.
More than 60 percent of all Mexican winter produce consumed in the U.S. crosses into the country at Nogales, Arizona.
Some, like the Chevrolet Blazer SUV, are only made in Mexico.
"Closing the border would not be good for anyone".
His administration is grappling with a surge of Central American migrants trying to enter the USA, and Trump said last week he'd seal the border in the coming days if Mexico did not immediately halt all illegal immigration into the U.S.
Wait times at the border crossing at Brownsville, Texas, reached 180 minutes Monday, twice the peak a year ago, officials said.
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