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President Trump Announces New Tariffs Against Mexico

Do you support tariffs against Mexico until immigration to the U.S. is "remedied"?

by Axios | 5.30.19

President Trump announced Thursday evening on Twitter new tariffs on all goods from Mexico until immigration into the U.S. is "remedied."

Why it matters: This is a sharp escalation of Trump's trade and immigration battles and comes as the administration was moving ahead to ratify new trade agreements with Mexico and Canada. The decision is sure to face opposition from some Congressional Republicans.

Details: Per a White House statement: "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."

  • If migrants continue crossing into the U.S., tariffs will go up to 15% on August 1, raise to 20% starting September 1, and increase to 25% on October 1.
  • "Tariffs will permanently remain at the 25 percent level unless and until Mexico substantially stops the illegal inflow of aliens coming through its territory."
  • "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," per the statement.

The backdrop: Trump previously threatened that he would close the U.S.-Mexico border if the flow of migrants was not managed.


Written by Axios

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