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Trump's New Tariffs on Mexico
Jun 3, 2019 at 03:19 PM

The Quick Facts

  • Last week, President Trump made a surprise announcement that he will be imposing a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports to pressure the country to do more to crack down on the increase in Central American migrants trying to cross the U.S. border.
  • Trump said the tariffs will go into effect on June 10th, and that the percentage will gradually increase — as high as 25% — “until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied.”
  • Mexican President López Obrador responded in a public letter after the announcement, telling Trump that “social problems are not solved with duties or coercive measures.”
  • Some lawmakers have expressed concern that the new tariffs could derail the USMCA (the trade deal negotiated to update NAFTA), which has yet to be ratified.
  • Today, a senior Mexican delegation arrived in Washington to begin negotiations related to the tariffs and immigration.

Food For Thought

Are President Trump’s new tariffs on Mexico a good idea? What will the consequences of these tariffs be?

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