Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said Democrats across the country are rapidly admitting there is a crisis occurring with migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

"What we need to do is protect our own sovereignty at our southern border and make sure our laws are not being abused and that we don’t have a flood of migrants coming into our country," he said on "Fox & Friends."

Cotton said the recognition of the crisis "cannot help but reach the Congress" at some point and he's hoping asylum laws will be fixed.

"There are a lot of asylum laws that are well intentioned but being abused by people who simply want to come into the country for a chance to make more money and take that money back home," he said, explaining that asylum claims were intended for people who are being "genuinely persecuted," not for people fleeing crime in a certain country. 

Cotton also highlighted a "big victory" in the form of a court ruling that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo can move forward with an agreement with Mexico for them to hold Central American migrants until their asylum claim can be heard in court.

President Trump met with Republican senators, including Cotton, on Tuesday to discuss the details of a new immigration policy that focuses on modernizing border security and calls for a merit-based system.

A senior administration official told Fox News that the goal of Tuesday’s meeting was to outline the basics of the administration’s immigration policy and hear lawmakers' feedback.

Watch the full interview above and see Laura Ingraham's trip to the border below. 


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