Mercedes Schlapp, W.H. official: Closing border is one of ‘little choices’ left
White House Strategic Communications Director Mercedes Schlapp said Tuesday President Trump’s threats to close the border is one of the “little choices” left to deal with the crisis of illegal immigration.
“We’re looking at all options, I think the reality ... is what we’re seeing is we’re being left with really little choices at this point. We’re looking at the Department of Homeland Security [that] is redeploying resources, moving them from the ports of entry to the front lines because of what we’re seeing,” she said on CNN’s “Newsroom” show.
“It’s putting a lot of pressure on our border patrol agents. It’s overwhelming the system and in essence, we have to take action,” she continued.
Ms. Schlapp added that children and women are endangered due to human trafficking and assault at the border and said the “cost of lives” should spur Congress to act.
“This is a wake-up call to Congress to these Democrats to take action on this humanitarian crisis and this national security crisis,” said Ms. Schlapp, a former Washington Times columnist.
Mr. Trump said Saturday Mexico needs to “stop the many thousands of people” traveling through the country to reach the U.S., adding that closing the border was “the next step.”
The Republican Party has voiced conflicting opinions on their support for this measure. Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee said Monday the president is “right” to close the border while Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois said the amount of money lost to trade stalling “would be significant.”