Acting Homeland Security chief: Mexico must step up on immigration

Acting Homeland Security chief: Mexico must step up on immigration
© Aaron Schwartz

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Sunday said Mexico needs to "step up and do more" to address the crisis at the border following President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE's decision to impose tariffs on Mexican exports over the issue.

"We need them at the table looking at new strategies that we can aggressively move out on," McAleenan said during an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union with Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperRepublicans, Democrats brace for first public testimony in impeachment inquiry Johnson dismisses testimony from White House officials contradicting Trump as 'just their impression' Saagar Enjeti: Harris campaign 'is failing because she doesn't stand for anything' MORE."

McAleenan in the past has acknowledged a stronger economy could help a country like Mexico deal with the migration of people to the United States, but dodged questions Sunday about whether hurting Mexico's economy with the tariffs would be ineffective.

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"We've got a situation we need to address in partnership with Mexico," McAlleenan said.  

Trump on Thursday announced a 5 percent tariff beginning June 10 on all Mexican imports “until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP.”

The announcement came via Twitter, has has drawn ire from his own party.

Senate Finance Committee Chairmen Chuck Grassely (R-Iowa) said "trade policy and border security are separate issues," and called the tariffs a misuse of presidential authority.