May 31, 2019
Well, this sure sounds good on the face of it.
But it’s hard to believe. Because for nearly a year now, the largest numbers of immigrants ever in history have been crossing the Southern border, and they’ve been let in freely, given work permits and bussed around the country.
So it is hard to believe that all of a sudden Donald Trump cares about immigration.
But we shall see where this goes.
President Trump on Thursday abruptly announced a new 5 percent tariff on Mexico beginning in early June, saying the levy will “gradually increase” until the ongoing illegal immigration surge at the southern border is “remedied” and illegal migrants “STOP.”
“On June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP,” Trump wrote. “The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied, … ..at which time the Tariffs will be removed. Details from the White House to follow.”
On June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP. The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied,..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2019
Fox News is told the tariff on all goods by land, sea, and air from Mexico will hike to 10 percent on July 1 — and potentially increase substantially from there.
“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,” Trump said in a statement released later by the White House on Thursday. “Tariffs will permanently remain at the 25 percent level unless and until Mexico substantially stops the illegal inflow of aliens coming through its territory.”
We are already at maximum immigrant overload, so these scaling tariffs don’t make much sense, if this is a real attempt to stop this flood.
He should have started at 100%, and raised it to 500%.
Mexico is making a whole helluva lot of money off of this invasion – significantly more than 25% of their US exports, I’d wager.
And they are going to know that Trump is going to get major pressure from the business sector, which is now his main constitute – both for the tariffs and for the blocking of immigrants.
Mexico can just wait this out.
The statement added: “Thousands of innocent lives are taken every year as a result of this lawless chaos. It must end NOW! … Mexico’s passive cooperation in allowing this mass incursion constitutes an emergency and extraordinary threat to the national security and economy of the United States.”
Specifically, White House sources told Fox News that Mexico would need to step up security efforts on the border, target transnational smugglers, crack down on illicit bus lines and align with the U.S. on a workable asylum policy. Mexico could use certain so-called choke points on the southern border to curb illegal migration sharply, according to the sources.
“We are going to do something very dramatic on the border because people are coming into our country,” Trump told reporters earlier Thursday.
The International Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977 permits tariffs to be levied by the executive in the event of a national emergency originating from a foreign source. Trump said he was invoking the powers in the law and would use his “sole discretion” to determine whether Mexico had taken sufficient action.
“If Mexico does not take decisive measures, it will come at a significant price,” Trump concluded in his statement.
The situation could complicate the legislative passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), sent to Congress by the White House on Thursday, which has aimed broadly to limit tariffs among the three countries.
However, the White House told Fox News it saw the matters as entirely distinct and did not anticipate complications for the USMCA.
Surprise tariffs won’t affect the negotiations of a trade deal?
The correct response to that would have been “stopping immigration is our main priority, this is much more important than any trade deal, we’re putting our most important national interests first.”
If Trump is actually doing something good here, then good. I support him doing good things. We all want good things.
But I’m not sure that this isn’t a 2020 campaign stunt, which will mean nothing in light of the machinations of Jared Kushner.
I will have to see it to believe it.
Furthermore, we need a plan to remove these millions of people who are already here. At this point, closing the border – if that is even possible – is much too little, much too late. We need to REMOVE these people and we need to do it quickly.