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President Trump right on tariffs, on Democrat workaround

Written By | Jun 8, 2019
Mexico, Tariff, President Trump, Trump, US-Mexico Agreement

WASHINGTON: When President Trump has a good week, he has a good week. And he has won a victory to help stop the flood of illegal immigrants, from and through Mexico, and into the United States.

President Trump and the First Lady return from Europe and the President tweets that a “signed agreement” has been reached between U.S. and Mexico on tariffs – an accord aimed at stemming the “tide of migration.”

Trump’s previous announcement that he would, starting on June 10th, impose a tariff on all goods coming into the US from Mexico unless Mexico stepped forward to stem the invasion of immigrants. The tariff would increase until “such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP.”



United States-Mexico Joint Declaration

In the United States-Mexico Joint Declaration distributed late Friday Mexico agrees to “take unprecedented steps to increase enforcement to curb irregular migration.”  Steps taken will include the deployment of six thousand national guard members throughout the country. Their task will be to stop migrants from entering Mexico or eventually reaching the United States.

Mexico agrees to allow migrants at the border or already in Mexico to stay in Mexico where they will be allowed to work while awaiting their asylum hearings.

Mexico also agrees to take “decisive action to dismantle human smuggling and trafficking organizations as well as their illicit financial and transportation networks.”

The declaration, distributed by the State Department, said Mexico had also agreed to accept an expansion of a Trump administration program that makes some migrants wait in Mexico while their asylum claims are heard in the United States.

“The United States looks forward to working alongside Mexico to fulfill these commitments so that we can stem the tide of illegal migration across our southern border and to make our border strong and secure,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

GOP Response

The GOP has not supported the idea of tariffs to force Mexico to help the assault on the US – Mexico border. “There is not much support in my conference for tariffs, that’s for sure,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, says.

However, with this successful step in stopping the invasion on the Southern Border, there is plenty of praise from the party.

Business also non-supportive of tariffs (Mexico tariffs: Exactly the wrong move for U.S. economy)

Business leaders were saying tariffs would increase costs for American consumers. However, everyone fails to explain that tariffs are on the first price of any item – the cost of the item from the manufacturer, which can easily be half the retail price or more.

Within 90 days, the agreement will be under review and the two sides will announce further actions they continue conversations.

It is not passing the media’s attention that Trump was able to work more fruitfully with the Mexican government than the Democrats.

Fox News reports that a senior Mexican official confirms that the USMCA agreement is still strong.

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Lede Image: President Donald J. Trump, joined by First Lady Melania Trump, waves as they disembark Air Force One at Carpiquet Airport in Caen, France Thursday, June 6, 2019, before boarding Marine One en route to Normandy, France. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

 

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