GOP senator: 'Every town is a border town' until Trump closes southern border

Sen. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnHillicon Valley: Intel chief creates new election security position | Privacy groups want role in new tech task force | Republicans urge Trump not to delay Pentagon cloud contract Advocates urge senators to work with consumer groups on privacy law Hillicon Valley: Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract | FTC weighs updating kids' internet privacy rules | Schumer calls for FaceApp probe | Report says states need more money to secure elections MORE (R-Tenn.) said Monday that every U.S. city would be a "border town" until President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE follows through with his threat to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border. 

“We need to realize until we close the southern border, every town is a border town, every state is a border state, because drugs, human trafficking, sex trafficking, gangs, it’s all there on the southern border,” Blackburn said while speaking on Fox News's "Fox & Friends."


“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.”

Blackburn added that the situation at the border is a "national emergency" and that every Democratic lawmaker should work with Republicans to solve the crisis. 

“Every Democrat should come forward and work with us, because 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," Blackburn said. 

“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,' " she added, referring to Trump's long-sought border wall, which he wants to fund through the declaration of a national emergency. "And our Border Patrol is overrun.”

The comments from Blackburn arrive as Trump escalates his rhetoric about what he views as a broken immigration system. Trump multiple times last week threatened to close the U.S-Mexico border unless the Mexican government stopped illegal crossings. 

"Mexico is doing NOTHING to help stop the flow of illegal immigrants to our Country," Trump tweeted at one point last week. "They are all talk and no action. Likewise, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have taken our money for years, and do Nothing. The Dems don’t care, such BAD laws. May close the Southern Border!"

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan stated last week that that immigration enforcement had reached a "breaking point." 

Trump threatened to close the southern border in November and December of last year. He did not follow through on either of the threats. He tweeted Monday that Democrats can fix issues related to asylum if they work with Republicans. 

"We have a major National Emergency at our Border," he said. "GET IT DONE NOW!"