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WASHINGTON – In an interview on Fox News’ ‘Sunday Morning Futures,’ U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, spoke about the growing humanitarian crisis at our southern border, relations with North Korea and trade.

Excerpts from the interview are below and video can be found here: Segment 1, Segment 2.

Border security emergency order

“From my standpoint, as soon as the House voted with a total that was well below a veto-proof majority, this [Pelosi resolution] vote from my standpoint turned to purely political vote.”

“What I will do is, using my committee of jurisdiction, we'll actually bring up that National Emergencies Act and amend it to return the authority that again, the Supreme Court took away and Congress codified. … Past congresses have given way too much of their constitutional authority away to the executive branch, and we should claw it back.”

“Where we have installed four sections of better barriers we have cut illegal immigration by about 95 percent. That is a huge benefit to barrier structures, but that's not the only thing that we have to do. We have to amend these laws that provide the incentives. We have to maintain our asylum standards and we have to make sure that we can apprehend and detain individuals. Those that don't have valid asylum claims, we have to quickly remove them to their home country, because right now that is what is the huge draw coming particularly from Central America.”

North Korea

“Chairman Kim has to accept the fact he's going to give up his nuclear capability, his missile capabilities, in exchange for what would be good for North Korea and his people and regime: integration with the modern economies of the world.”

Trade

“We need to absolutely demand reciprocal treatment and that's what this administration is completely dedicated to achieving. It's unfortunate you have to take it to this level and you have to provide this kind of brinkmanship, but I think China and our other trading partners have taken advantage of the situation far too long.”

“The whole trade war and tariffs, that type of thing creates a lot of instability and uncertainty. So the sooner we can get our trading partners to come to the table in good faith, offer fair and reciprocal treatment, the better the entire world economy will be.

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