President Donald Trump is correct when he says he has the authority to designate the situation at the nation's border as an emergency, Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson said Thursday, while calling for an end to loopholes in the law that encourage migrants to head to the United States.
"You take a look at the influx of unaccompanied children and people in coming to this country, it is family units," the Wisconsin Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "It is because of our loopholes that incentivize and reward that type type of illegal immigration."
In 2012, he added, around 11,000 people came across the border in family units, but last year, it was 107,000 people.
"We incentivize and reward people," said Johnson. "It's not going away. It's a growing crisis and that is the crisis the border. There's nothing humane about incentivizing children to come across here."
However, he said he does hope that Trump doesn't end up declaring a national emergency and bypassing Congress to get the wall built.
"I hope Democrats actually will stop being so hypocritical and actually put their money where their mouth is," he said. "They all claim they want border security...because of President Trump, they won't provide just table stakes funding for the better barriers that we actually need."