President Donald Trump "is right" with his threats to shut down the Mexican border unless Mexico does more to stem the numbers of migrants traveling through on their way to the United States, Sen. Marsha Blackburn said Monday.
"What we need to realize is that until we close the southern border, every town is a border town, every state is a border state, because drugs, human sex trafficking, gangs, they are all there on the southern border," the Tennessee Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."
"Mexico needs to secure their southern border to end entry into Mexico and then we do need to do some things there, getting the Border Patrol, what they need to do their job."
Meanwhile, it is "unfortunate" that Democrats won't work with Republicans on the nation's immigration laws, because "this is a national security emergency," said Blackburn.
"This is in our interest to secure it, to stop the drugs coming into our country, to stop the sex trafficking, to stop these gangs," said Blackburn. "This is something that needs to be done because they continue to come across the border until we get that barrier, they're going to put their foot on US soil, say asylum. Our Border Patrol is overrun."
The United States also needs Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador to work together toward solving the migration issue, said Blackburn, adding that the Border Patrol's morale is "very low right now."
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