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Trump’s Anti-Illegal Immigration Tariffs On Mexico – This Is Near Insane

Donald Trump has announced the use of his emergency powers to impose import tariffs on goods from Mexico. This is, obviously enough, not wise given that it is American consumers who benefit from imports, they who bear the costs of trade restrictions. But we know he doesn’t understand that. However, it’s the reason which is so extraordinary. It’s to stop illegal immigrants moving through Mexico. Which is something that’s not really under the control of the Mexican government in the first place – it’s illegal, right?

It’s as if Canada imposed tariffs upon the US because Guatemalans walk through the US to get to Toronto.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Trump’s Mexico Tariffs Are Borderline Crazy[/perfectpullquote]

Yes, quite.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] President Donald Trump moved to use his broad executive authority in a new and unprecedented way this week, threatening to slap Mexico with punitive tariffs unless it slows the passage of migrants from Central America to the US. The tariffs will begin at 5% and increase to 25% in the coming months unless Trump sees the results he wants, the White House said. But what they are, exactly, White House officials couldn’t explain. If they go into effect, they will impose harsh economic penalties on Americans who buy goods from Mexico. Which is probably every American. [/perfectpullquote]

Quite so, why punish Americans for what the Mexican government is doing in the first place?

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] The statement added: “Thousands of innocent lives are taken every year as a result of this lawless chaos. It must end NOW! … 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.” Specifically, White House sources told Fox News that Mexico would need to step up security efforts on the border, target transnational smugglers, crack down on illicit bus lines and align with the U.S. on a workable asylum policy. Mexico could use certain so-called choke points on the southern border to curb illegal migration sharply, according to the sources. [/perfectpullquote]

Gotta start wondering how bad the problem is in the first place really:

For it’s factually correct to state that the Mexican government has been – trying at least – to reduce the number of such migrations. But when people are fleeing violence at home, rather than just migrating for a job, it’s pretty difficult to stop them coming. The White House release is here:

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Democrats in Congress are fully aware of this horrible situation and yet refuse to help in any way, shape, or form. This is a total dereliction of duty. The migrant crisis is a calamity that must now be solved—and can easily be solved—in Congress. Our broken asylum laws, court system, catch-and-release, visa lottery, chain migration, and many other loopholes can all be promptly corrected. When that happens, the measures being announced today can be more readily reduced or removed.[/perfectpullquote]

That’s really what it’s about. It’s a play in US domestic politics about illegal immigration and attitudes toward it. But again, quite why the American consumer should be made to pay for all of this through tariffs is unknown. Except, perhaps, for the ignorance which makes some believe it’s the foreigners who pay and suffer from them. You know, Peter Navarro and the like…

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Jonathan Harston
Jonathan Harston
5 years ago

We’re getting beaten up by foreigners coming here, so to address that we’ll beat ourselves up.

Jeez, it really does throw a spanner in the theory that America got those Europeans bright enough to leave Europe.

5 years ago

You really don’t understand politics do you?
It’s not about being right or even plausible. It’s about appealing to your electorate
They want something done
This is something
If it doesn’t work it’s because the Mexican government doesn’t want to make it work not because it’s a stupid idea


Btw it’s the same reasoning behind socialism has never been properly implemented and the answer to problems within the EU is more integration

5 years ago

Bit condescending, aren’t we? Trump has heard this refrain thousands of times. To infer that he doesn’t understand it whereas you with your superior intellect do… Diplomacy is war without the shooting. Let’s have lots of the no-shooting kind in future, as opposed to the warheads flying overhead kind that everyone but Trump wants.

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