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Trump Drops Tariff Threat as Mexico Agrees to ‘Take Strong Measures to Stem the Tide of Migration’

Trump Drops Tariff Threat as Mexico Agrees to ‘Take Strong Measures to Stem the Tide of Migration’

“This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IiFHkVWm7U

At the end of May, President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on Mexican imports if our southern neighbor did not do more to stop the surge of migrants headed towards our border.

It looks like it worked because Trump announced on Friday that he has dropped the tariffs as America and Mexico reached a deal.

I noted in my May 31st blog that Trump is a businessman. He asks for the moon and negotiates downward. We all do that when we want to make big purchases like a home or car.

It works.

The State Department released the U.S.-Mexico Joint Declaration last night. You can read it here.

From The Wall Street Journal:

A joint statement released by both countries late Friday said that Mexico agreed to increase enforcement to curb irregular migration, including deployment of its newly created National Guard throughout the country, with a focus on its southern border with Guatemala. On Thursday night, Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said it would deploy up to 6,000 National Guard troops.

The U.S., meanwhile, said it would immediately expand the implementation of the existing “Migrant Protection Protocols” across its entire southern border, returning asylum seekers to Mexico.

“Those crossing the U.S. Southern Border to seek asylum will be rapidly returned to Mexico where they may await the adjudication of their asylum claims,” the statement said, adding that Mexico will authorize the entrance of all of those individuals for humanitarian reasons.

I searched for more details of the deal, but cannot find them. The Wall Street Journal reported that America and Mexico “agreed to finalize the terms of additional provisions within 90 days.”

Both sides worked nonstop the past week while Trump visited the United Kingdom. The Mexican delegation began their days early at the State Department with meetings not ending until late in the evening. These meetings included Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo along with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan.

I figured the tariff threat would work with Mexico because we do not have a trade deficit with them as we do with China. We are Mexico’s largest trading partner as we take in 80% of Mexican exports.

Besides the auto industry, the tariffs would have affected other industries. CBS News reported on May 31:

Other products that the U.S. imports from Mexico include electrical machinery, at $64 billion in imports, and agricultural imports, at $26 billion. Mexico is the largest agricultural supplier to the U.S.

The costs to consumers could be considerable, with Raymond James estimating that U.S. businesses and consumers would shell out $86 billion in tariffs. That’s on top of $62.5 billion in tariffs placed on Chinese goods by the Trump administration, which will go into effect on June 1 Beijing time.

The apparel industry decried the Mexico tariffs, saying it represents “another tax for Americans.” Mr. Trump has continuously misrepresented who pays tariffs, falsely stating that China pays the tariffs. In fact, U.S. importers — businesses like Walmart and Costco — pay the tariffs, with many retailers warning they will need to pass on the costs to consumers by raising prices.

While the left sarcastically applauded the news, they forget that immigration has become a real problem not only for our border but also for the border towns in Mexico:

“Potentially, there are tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of Central Americans being sent back to Mexico and a vague commitment to speed up the asylum process,” said Andrew Selee, president of the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute. He said the agreement could potentially have major repercussions for Mexican border communities if they are flooded with thousands of asylum seekers.

In return, Mexico got the U.S. to agree to work together to address the root causes of the region’s explosion in migration. And it turned back U.S. suggestions that Mexico become a so-called Safe Third Country, where migrants would be forced to apply for asylum in Mexico instead of the U.S.

“Bottom line is Mexico has to keep asylum seekers temporarily but not permanently,” said Shannon O’Neil senior fellow for Latin American Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. “The rest are vague generalities to be rehashed at the end of the summer. Much ado about nothing.”

I think the Democrats are mad because Trump has taken steps to tackle the immigration problem the best he can while they failed to do anything about it when they had the majority in Congress and White House.

Maybe instead of obsessing over Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, Congress should work on immigration reform.

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Comments

Uh, does this mean the national emergency is over? So, no new wall now?

    n.n in reply to Concise. | June 8, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Ideally, yes. American tends her garden in America. Mexico tends her garden in Mexico. Through a good neighbor protocol, we can aid adjoining nations to tend their garden at home, thereby reducing collateral damage from immigration reform at both ends of the bridge and throughout. The cartels will have to wait another day for fast and furious their way.

    snopercod in reply to Concise. | June 8, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    I expect to hear the dems in congress saying that real soon.

    Uh, this means the national troll emergency is over. You can got back to sleep in mom’s basement.

stevewhitemd | June 8, 2019 at 12:30 pm

We’ll see if this holds up. I wonder if Trump’s hand was forced by the Senate Pubs who were threatening to override the tariffs.

Trump clearly understands that a half-loaf (or even a quarter-loaf) is better than no loaf at all. He can pocket this win and if Mexico back-tracks he’s in a stronger position to put the tariffs back in place.

Mexico is a failed state; I think Trump is the first president who is basing his actions with them on that fact.

    Even if it holds under Trump, it’s just a matter of time until another budding Marxist occupies the White House and reverses course. Jugears spent US tax dollars advertising in Central America telling illegals how to game our asylum laws and get freebies once they got here. Cloward-Piven-FORWARD!

buckeyeminuteman | June 8, 2019 at 12:35 pm

I call bull crap. Treat them like the NORKS. Put the sanctions in place and leave them there until you see results. Didn’t he threaten action when the first giant caravan arrived at the border crossing bridge before the November election last year? The caravan broke through and marched their happy asses all the way through Mexico up to our border. Apply the pressure until they enforce their own laws.

I hope Mexico actually abides by the deal. But we’ve been here before. It’s kind of like Lucy and the football with hapless Charlie Brown. As bminuteman says, I may be stretching his point some, Mexico, technically, is engaged in war with the United States.

Nervous Nancy said the Mex. tariffs were a ruse to take the emphasis off the Mueller report. Not only did ‘the ruse’ work in our favor, Nervous Nancy admits she just can’t let go of the past. The Mueller report is OVER. The new ‘How did the Mueller Report Get Started’ report is the one she and the DNC should start worrying about.

“The Wall Street Journal reported that America and Mexico “agreed to finalize the terms of additional provisions within 90 days.””

Maybe. Maybe not. Bottom line: Do not listen to what Mexico says, watch what they DO.

Ten pesos says the photocopied “How to declare yourself a refugee and get free access to the country and more free stuff” cards that the pro-immigration peeps have been passing out wholesale in Central America don’t work at *all* when the CA ‘refugees’ apply for amnesty in Mexico.

Close The Fed | June 8, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Victor Hanson made the point: Unless we stop illegal aliens ourselves, they will only stop when here is as bad as where they came from, thus no point to moving.

That’s our future. And the GOPe are enablers.

Who authorized them to change our country to Mexico? Not me.

Yessir, that DJT sure is an idiot. Ugh, Tariffs Bad, ugh. I’m sure all and sundry will blame him for tariffs which don’t happen, too.

It’s like these people never even heard of poker.

    Tom, they heard of poker. They just want us to fail, chaos to rein, and the left to step in to ‘save’ us, and in the process, enslave us.

    The useful idiots of the left have probably gone to great lengths to try and ensure their spot as a local commissar. In which case, a Second Amendment surprise will await them when they start knocking on doors.

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