Trump imposes escalating tariffs on Mexico


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President Trump announced today the imposition of escalating tariffs on Mexico until it acts to stop illegal immigration traveling through its country from Central America.

From the White House statement:

To address the emergency at the Southern Border, I am invoking the authorities granted to me by the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. Accordingly, starting on June 10, 2019, the United States will impose a 5 percent Tariff on all goods imported from Mexico. If the illegal migration crisis is alleviated through effective actions taken by Mexico, to be determined in our sole discretion and judgment, the Tariffs will be removed.

If the crisis persists, however, the Tariffs will be raised to 10 percent on July 1, 2019. Similarly, if Mexico still has not taken action to dramatically reduce or eliminate the number of illegal aliens crossing its territory into the United States, Tariffs will be increased to 15 percent on August 1, 2019, to 20 percent on September 1, 2019, and to 25 percent on October 1, 2019. Tariffs will permanently remain at the 25 percent level unless and until Mexico substantially stops the illegal inflow of aliens coming through its territory.

It seems to me a perfectly reasonable position, considering how unwilling Mexico has been to enforce its own immigration laws in connection with illegals heading to the U.S. The illegal immigrant caravans crossing Mexico last year from other Central American countries could have been stopped if the Mexico government had taken action. Instead, it provided aid and comfort to these illegals, often to the distress of its own citizens.

Since then that government’s policies on illegal immigration have been very mixed.

Trump’s action here might serve to clarify the situation.

The bottom line remains the same as always. The law should be obeyed. The federal government is obligated to enforce that law. And, as the White House statement noted, “Workers who come to our country through the legal admissions process, including those working on farms, ranches, and in other businesses, will be allowed easy passage.” Nothing the Trump administration has done has contradicted that statement.

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3 comments

  • Phill O

    The current trend by the cartels seems to be using the caravans as a distraction for the border guards. Then, the drug runners move with little hindrance. This is the widespread thought of those living in the SW of NM, where Antelop wells seems to be a major crossing area.

    Until the Mexican government gets out of the cartel’s pocket, things will not change much. Until the AmeriCanadian public stops their use of the products, thing will not change.

    Two things stand out as disjoints (at least to me):

    1 The recreational drug users tend to be pro organic foods.
    2 The animal rights activists tend to be pro abortion.

    With the big anti-smoking and anti tobacco rage, it seems strange that people want to smoke weed. The deleterious health affect of the latter seem squashed in the downward spiral of society.

  • Bill

    This is excellent news, supporting the defense of our border.

  • wayne

    Bill–
    I’m generally a theoretical free-trader, but I find Trump’s use of tariff’s to be ingeniously astute and on point.

    Phill O:
    An interesting take as always! I would quibble with you on some stuff however, without distracting from your major point(s).
    We should probably however, define “drugs” –different aspects of ‘organized crime’ in mexico primarily export high-margin cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin (and fentanyl). Weed, is an entirely different animal in that it’s bulky, lower margin, and a logistical nightmare to distribute.
    –I would put forth the proposition– we could seal the border until the cows come home, and we would still have coke, heroin, and speed flowing from mexico. You want to bankrupt the ‘cartels?’ — legalize every-thing, yesterday, and deal with the natural background of problems that ensue for a well known percentage of the population.

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