President Donald Trump is right to get Mexico engaged in stopping migrants from traveling to the U.S. border, but his call to allow another year before he shuts down the border is too long, Rep. Sean Duffy said Friday.
"You need to set a deadline of three, four, six months," the Wisconsin Republican said on Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "You don't want to be in campaign season next year and threaten to shut down the border."
Democrats are starting to come around to the idea that there is a crisis at the border, Duffy said, pointing out that Jeh Johnson, the head of Homeland Security under former President Barack Obama, has agreed there is a problem.
"It has to be a full-frontal attack," said Duffy. "Democrats need to get engaged. The president has to push them. He has to push Mexico to do their part to secure their southern border. Now what he has done for the central American countries is pulling their aid. He is doing everything he can to protect the American people."
And even though Trump has suggested Mexico has done a good job at shoring up its southern border, Duffy said he doesn't agree.
"Sometimes President Trump will give people, in his language, a carrot and swat them with a stick," said Duffy. "We have a ton of people coming to our border and they come through Mexico's southern border. Of course, it is not secure down there."
He also said he thinks Mexico is offering migrants an incentive to leave their countries by offering them asylum in Mexico.
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