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 TrumpPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor NBA to contribute 1 million surgical masks to NY essential workers Private equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report 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 TapperIllinois governor: Federal government sent wrong type of masks CNN's Jake Tapper spars with Trump on Twitter: 'Utter nonsense' Biden says he has not been tested for coronavirus: I've had 'no symptoms' 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.