'This Has to Stop': Sen. Blackburn Calls for Dems to Work With Trump, GOP on Border Crisis
Following President Trump's threats to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border, Sen. Marsha Blackburn praised his efforts to address the border crisis, and she urged her Democratic colleagues to do the same.
Trump has repeatedly threatened to close the southern border if Mexico does not “immediately stop” the surge of illegal immigrants flooding into the U.S.
Mexico must use its very strong immigration laws to stop the many thousands of people trying to get into the USA. Our detention areas are maxed out & we will take no more illegals. Next step is to close the Border! This will also help us with stopping the Drug flow from Mexico!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2019
He also called on Democrats in Congress to get to work to address the "major national emergency."
Democrats, working with Republicans in Congress, can fix the Asylum and other loopholes quickly. We have a major National Emergency at our Border. GET IT DONE NOW!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 1, 2019
Over the weekend, the president moved to cut direct aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, whose citizens are fleeing north and overwhelming U.S. resources -- including as part of organized caravans.
On "Fox & Friends" Monday, Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said Trump is right there is a national emergency at the border, and drastic measures must be taken.
"Until we [secure] that southern border, every town's a border town, every state's a border state," Blackburn said. "Mexico needs to secure their southern border, to end entry into Mexico."
She said that Congress must come together to secure the border, give border enforcement authorities the resources the need and close loopholes in immigration law that encourage migrants to make the dangerous journey to the U.S.
"Every Democrat should come forward and work with us, because this is in our interest to secure it, to stop these drugs coming into our country, to stop the sex trafficking, to stop these gangs," Blackburn said. "This is something that needs to be done."
She added that she also agrees with Trump's decision to cut funding to the three Central American countries.
"All of them have to come to the table on this, and this has to stop."
Watch more from Blackburn above.