Sarah Sanders: Mexico needs to ‘step up and do more’ to assist in the border crisis

Friday, May 31, 2019
By Paul Martin

By Anna Hopkins
Fox News

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has defended President Trump’s decision to abruptly increase tariffs against Mexico amid the escalating humanitarian crisis at the southern border.

Trump tweeted on Thursday that a five percent tax on incoming goods from Mexico would begin in June, “until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP.”

Sanders told “America’s Newsroom” on Friday morning that the tariffs are in response to Mexico’s unwillingness to “step up and do more” in regard to immigration.

“The president has been asking them for months to do that,” Sanders said. “Now he is putting some measures in place that hopefully will get them to engage more so that they will start to help us in this process.”

The press secretary argued that on Wednesday a group of more than 1,000 people attempted to enter the country at one time together and that Mexico should take responsibility in helping return people crossing illegally to their home countries. Border patrol agents detained the group, the largest amount attempting to cross at one time to date, according to Customs and Border Patrol.

“The fact that they didn’t break that up, that they didn’t try to return those individuals back to their home country is what we’re asking them to do,” she continued. “They have the capability. It is within their law to do that.”

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