US to hit Mexico with tariffs over ‘illegal migrants’
International Live: Washington will impose a five percent tariff on all goods from Mexico starting June 10, a measure that will last until “illegal migrants” stop coming through the country into the US, President Donald Trump said Thursday.
“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 tweeted. “The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied, at which time the Tariffs will be removed,” he wrote.
According to the White House, the tariff will rise to 10 percent on July 1, then increase by five percent increments each month until topping out at 25 percent 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,” the statement said.
“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,” the White House said. The announcement came the same day that Trump kick-started the process of ratifying the new North American trade pact with Mexico and Canada an agreement which is now likely to be under serious threat.
“The apprehension of 1,036 individuals in a single group the largest group ever encountered by Border Patrol agents demonstrates the severity of the border security and humanitarian crisis at our Southwest border,” said Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez.
“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,” the White House said in the statement.
“Mexico has very strong immigration laws and could easily halt the illegal flow of migrants, including by returning them to their home countries. Additionally, Mexico could quickly and easily stop illegal aliens from coming through its southern border with Guatemala.”
Trump pledged in his 2016 election campaign to halt illegal immigration, but the numbers of migrants have steadily climbed throughout his 28 months in office. The CBP said more than 530,000 migrants have been apprehended entering the country since the beginning of the fiscal year in October 2018.
Congress has been unable to pass proposed measures to take action on the immigration issue, and Trump has been stymied by courts on some of the measures his administration has attempted.
Dhaka, 31 May (campuslive24.com)//MIH