- The Washington Times - Monday, April 1, 2019

Sen. Marsha Blackburn said Monday she agrees with President Trump‘s threats to close the U.S. border with Mexico, adding that “every town is a border town” until it happens.

“We need to realize until we close the southern border, every town is a border town, every state is a border state. Drugs, human sex trafficking, gangs, all there on the southern border, so the president is right about this. Mexico needs to secure their southern border to end entry into Mexico and then we do need to do some things there, getting border patrol what they need to do their job,” the Tennessee Republican said in an interview with Fox Network’s “Fox & Friends.” show.

Ms. Blackburn also called for Democrats to join in addressing the high number of migrants crossing the border and said it “a national emergency.”

“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. 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 U.S. soil, and say asylum, and our border patrol is overrun,” she said.

Mr. Trump said Saturday Mexico needs to “stop the many thousands of people” traveling through the country to reach the U.S., adding that closing the border was “the next step.”

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,” Mr. Trump tweeted.

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