Pompeo asks Mexico to help tackle migration ‘crisis’

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoRussia suggests military deployments to Cuba, Venezuela an option The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Winter is here for Democrats Overnight Defense & National Security — Nuclear states say no winners in global war MORE said the U.S. is quickly approaching a “moment of crisis” on immigration as a "caravan" of over 4,000 migrants makes its way up Central America toward Mexico, while placing much of the onus on America’s southern neighbor to deal with the situation.

“We are quickly reaching a point which appears to be a moment of crisis," said Pompeo during a press conference in Mexico with Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray Caso.

"Foreign Secretary Videgaray and I spoke about the importance of stopping this flow before it reaches the U.S. border. We are deeply aware that the way that Mexico will handle this, the way that you will handle this is your sovereign decision. Mexico will make its decision, its leaders and its people will decide the best way to achieve what I believe are our shared objectives,” he added.

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Pompeo repeatedly emphasized the importance of immigration as an issue facing the U.S. and echoed President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' MORE’s calls for Washington to undertake significant immigration reform.

“The challenge related to securing our southern border is also a challenge for American sovereignty. We’ve got to fix U.S. laws in order to handle this properly as well. That is an American burden, a uniquely American burden, and as President Trump has said, something that we need to address inside of our country to make sure that we do this well,” he said. 

Pompeo’s comments come as Trump employs harsh rhetoric toward Central American countries as he pushes for help in controlling migrants’ movement, while threatening to "close our southern border."

"I am watching the Democrat Party led (because they want Open Borders and existing weak laws) assault on our country by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, whose leaders are doing little to stop this large flow of people, INCLUDING MANY CRIMINALS, from entering Mexico to U.S.," Trump said in a tweet on Thursday.

“In addition to stopping all payments to these countries, which seem to have almost no control over their population, I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught — and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!” he said in a follow-up post.