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Border Crisis Not Receding, President’s Mexican Tariffs Timely

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Trying to halt a growing national security crisis presented by undeterred illegal migration across the US southern border, President Trump has threatened to impose a five percent tariff on Mexican imports after June 10, bumping that tax up by five percent monthly until Mexico slows illegal migration from Central America into the U.S. or faces 25 percent tariffs.  That strategy is risky but is timely – and may work. 

What the President is, in effect, saying amounts to this:  We have tried the carrot, now must move to the trade stick.  President Trump tried to enforce existing federal laws but faced Democrat-run “sanctuary cities” which block cooperation with federal law enforcement. 

He tried to ramp up border enforcement, increasing civilian personnel, expanding detention facilities, and making recourse to the National Guard.  In Congress and the courts, Democratic leadership opposed him again, calling that effort a “manufactured crisis,” effectively looking the other way.

The President tried to deter illegal entry by accelerating deportation of those not entitled to asylum.  Notably, a majority of those claiming asylum are not entitled, as they have not been singling out by their country of origin for persecution, and do not have the necessary “well-founded fear” of persecution.  Most are economic migrants, just seeking a better life.  For that, there is a legal route, which takes time.

The President next worked to complete a trade deal with Mexico that would reset basic understandings to enhance opportunities in the United States, but also create greater predictability and opportunity for workers in Mexico and Canada.  The Democratically controlled US House refused to move the deal.

The President then requested inclusion in final fiscal 2019 appropriations legislation for a small part of his promised border wall, to deter rising illegal immigration. He was rebuffed by Democratic leadership in both the House and Senate. 

He tried to compel reconsideration by Congress with a partial shutdown, which again did not produce the necessary funding for a comprehensive wall.  He then sought, by way of executive reprogramming of defense funds to the border, to initiate a more robust and protective wall.  He was confronted with congressional and judicial opposition.  

In March and April 2019, the number of illegal border crossers topped 100,000, numbers that verify a genuine national security crisis.  Media and political contestants debate whether this gush of illegal entrants into the United States should be called an “invasion” or “crisis,” is more a “humanitarian” than “security” disaster, but all this is beside the point. 

As Ronald Reagan was fond of saying, “facts are stubborn things” – and we have facts here, which compel action.  That is why the President has decided to use tariffs – relying on inherent national security and delegated trade authority – to raise the matter to a national government level, and link solving the problem to the Mexican economy.

In short, he has tried to resolve this issue internally, but recognizes several facts that make the Mexican Government arguably better positioned – or more fully incentivized – to solve the problem.

Those facts are these:  Most illegal aliens entering the US come from impoverished Central American counties.  Mexico should redouble efforts to stop them at Mexico’s own southern border.  As they transit Mexico to get to the US, Mexico should allow repatriation to Mexico, not distant origin countries.  Third, Mexico should agree to hold more of these illegal entrants seeking asylum on the Mexican side of the border, not permit their flow-through to the US. 

One last fact argues for tariffs to incentivize Mexico to stop the gush north, which of course includes drugs, gang members and threats to health and safety. While Mexico is America’s third largest trading partner, the proposed tariffs would have a far greater effect in Mexico – which just suffered a slow first quarter – than on US consumers. 

Americans can manufacture and grow much of what is subject to tariffs, even if costing slightly more.  Americans can shift supply chains and seek imports from other countries. 

Most interestingly, the cost advantage to American and Mexican companies of producing goods in Mexico leaves considerable room for profit, even in the face of tariffs; for example, the cost of labor in Mexico, as well as collateral expenses, tends to be about a third of US minimum labor costs.

In the end, some will declare President Trump’s use of tariffs and other trade tools to protect national security as inapt, ineffective, impractical, inordinately damaging to the US economy, or just poor diplomacy.  The opposite is likely to prove true. 

Having sought to use every US law enforcement, political, diplomatic and domestic security tool at an executive’ disposal – and been roundly rebuffed by Democratic leaders – he is now turning to trade.  And it may work.  The hope should be, by one and all, it does. 


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Betty J Long
3 years ago

Pelosi and Schumer, so-called Democrats, played their big part, of this caravan conspiracy. Pushing all the way.
As always to undermine the people, and the President of the United States.
Pelosi and Schumer were not at the border for the immigrants.
Some illegal immigrants were sick, hurt, and deaths.
Then, Pelosi and other key so-called Democrats did not want them planted near their estates.
These so-called Democrats mean to tear down all humanity, for votes.
All against a stronger America now that we have a great President that has got our country and Homeland back, on track, and getting stronger
Most likely, all the people of caravans, probably would not have participated, if they had known they were being used by these so-called Democrats, and wannabe dictators, for future votes.
Americans are fed up with Pelosi’s dirty politics, about every week always against President Trump making America.
The greed behind this kind of conspiracy is about all I can take. Far beyond fed up with Pelosi and Schumer. They need to be replaced with America loving representatives immediately. If there is a vote on the 2020 ballot for short terms representatives in Congress, I am voting for short terms. We are all blessed with the right man for President. Voting Trump 2020. MAGA and KAG.

stevenjacobs
3 years ago

sorry to see the President did not make good on his TaRiff threat-he should have let it be in effect for a week to show he is serious. My opinion.

Hugh
3 years ago

As usual when faced with determination the anti-American Mexicans folded under pressure. When they were confronted with losing their main source of income, money from from trade with America, they agreed to comply with President Trump’s demands. Aside from the money they make in trade, the billions of dollars that Mexico receives from their illegal aliens living in America are the only things keeping Mexico away from an economic recession.

Clark Kent
3 years ago

Tariffs are now off the table according to the POTUS. Now what?

Bob L.
3 years ago

Not good enough, especially since an agreement with Mexico was just signed (to be violated) to avoid the tariffs. Migrants have been and continue to come directly into and out of Mexico to the U.S. from all over the world without coming across Mexico’s Southern border. Our own immigration/refugee laws and policies will allow the flood to continue until they get changed. Another problem with illegals dodging deportation is anchor babies, babies born as U.S. citizens because of the fast and loose interpretation of the 14th Amendment. So far THIS YEAR, there have been more than 124,000 anchor baby births.

Jim F. Schmidt
3 years ago

The invasion problem on the Southern Border could be substantially solved by voting OUT obstructionist Democrats who care only about party and feathering their own nest. They don’t care about our citizens being murdered, drug and sex trade taking countless other lives or the tax burden ultimately placed on decent hard working Americans. There IS a legal and honest way to come to America which must be respected.

Gordo
3 years ago

The Mexicans are easy to deal with compared to democrats. If D Day occurred again today, the dems would be leaking info to Hitler.

DanM
3 years ago

And guess what just happened? Our President’s tariff plan for mexico is working to get them more responsible for the illegal alien problem. Now we need to get the democrats off their butts…… More likely will need to Vote them OUT!!

michael failla
3 years ago

Mexicos immigrattion rules are far stronger than ours. They dont enforce them when the “migrants” are just passing through.Now they will have to or there will be consequences. Our worthless leftist led congress is not going to do one thing to help so in order to keep his promise to us all he (trump) will try this. What else can he do? Gotta love trump. he may not be perfect, who is? but he sure does his best to keep his promise to keep us secure. Just look at who fights him. Leftists, communists, socialist media, democrats rino’s, rats. We need to know who our enemies really are and they are all in our midst arent they? vote wisely, throw out the trash regularly.

Bill b
3 years ago

Explain to the readers what is required by the Mexican government fir an American to become a permanent Mexican resident

michael failla
3 years ago

Say what you want about trump…he certainly fights for US doesnt he? Who else did that? Damn few of our presidents thats for sure. Look also at who fights him in congress and media. Do they deserve your patronage? Well do they? Do they represent YOUR values? Think about that.

BORDER RAT
3 years ago

ONE MUST REMEMBER THAT MEXICO ALWAYS ‘AIDS & OR ABETS, ‘ ANYTHING THAT IS NEGATIVE TO THE U.S. AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO AS BOTH HATES & WILL SEEK TO DESTROY BOTH THE BORDERS AND ALL BORDERING STATES TO MEXICO. THIS HATERID GOES BACK TO TX. REVOLUTION & THE U.S., WAR AND THE GASDEN PURCHASE IN THE 1800’S, THAT CAUSED MEXICO TO LOOSE TX, NM., AZ., AND CA. AS WELL. SHE WILL ALWAYS ONLY RECOGNISE ‘FORCE,’ WHITHER IT IS FOR MURDERS OF U.S. CITIZENS OR PROTECTION OF BOTH CRIMINA CARTELS, AS WELL AS ILLEGAL DRUGS, OR EVEN OTHER FORIEGN COUNTRIES. THE U.S. HAS ALWAYS BEEN AN ‘ENEMY’ OF THE GOVERNMENT IN THE U.S., AND WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT ANY ENEMY OR TERROR ORGANIZATION, AGAINST THE U.S AS THEY HAVE AND WILL CONTINUE TO WORK COVERTLY TO DESTROY OR HARM THE U.S. ! FORCE IS THE ONLY THING THEY UNDERSTAND FULLY! ! THEIR COVERT WAR AGAINST THE U.S. WILL CONTINUE AS LONG AS IT TAKES IN THEIR HEARTS OR MINDS TO BE A WINNER, COME “HELL OR HIGH WATER.”

Howard Moore
3 years ago

There was a talk show person who brought up a good thought. All Americans gets vetted by Tsa before you get on a plane, but they put the illegals on there without vetting them before they get on the plane

Nanette Ramsay
3 years ago

Heard that the very threat of a 5% tariff was headed by Mexico & they have sent army to southern border to stop all from coming thru

Nanette Ramsay
3 years ago
Reply to  Nanette Ramsay

HEEDED BY MEXICO

John H
3 years ago

The timing of Mexico tariffs is very bad. Couple this with the flooding in the breadbasket of US & the crops not selling to China due to tariffs & we may head into a recession or pay $50 for a loaf of bread or ear of corn. Trump is usurping Congress by tariffs.

John h
3 years ago

Trump needs to work with Senate/House to change the immigration laws. Blaming Mexico is not the answer, we will hurt Mexico & lose a friendly neighbor. The American people will end up paying higher prices for many goods & will eventually cost jobs in US. Congress should pass a law taking power away from President to throw tariffs on anyone he wants to. Look at what trade war with China is doing to our farmers. The border is our problem & if the American people quit buying/using drugs that that problem is licked.

Bob
3 years ago

GOOD! It’s time for Mexico to pay it’s own way. Too many weak dog politicians have been letting them get away with everything they want.

Walt Robinson
3 years ago

President Trump has been pushed to the max on many subjects & concerns. The major domestic problem for America is illegal immigrants coming into USA by illegal methods. Mexico must act at once to enforce their entrance border gates & stop the illegal Mexico crossings. The future of a great USA & MEXICO depends on working together & immediate closure of all entry points until illegal crossings are resolved.

kevin peabody
3 years ago

good article

Juniper
3 years ago

Does anyone remember the poor American Veteran who by accident entered Mexico? Remember what those jerks did to him? Imprisoned him and refused let him come home. Let’s remember how they treated one American when they had him in their power.

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