‘Punitive tariffs not the answer to Mexico border crisis’

Moves by President Trump to impose punitive 5% tariffs on all imports from Mexico beginning June 10 – increasing to 25% by October – is the wrong policy to address the crisis at the border.

That’s the view of James Carafano, vice president of the Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, who agrees that Mexico should do more.

“But our nations can only be secure and prosperous if we work together, and the president should press to make this partnership stronger. This policy, however, is not the way to do so.”

Trump said the tariffs would remain in place until Mexico 'steps up' cooperation in stopping illegal immigration across the southern border.

“While Americans are greatly harmed by illegal immigration, these tariffs would only further punish our citizens, forcing them to pay more for basic goods and services every day – all because Washington has consistently failed to do its job,” he said.

 “We urge both the presidents of the US and Mexico to quickly agree on a joint plan of action and for the administration to reserve the use of tariffs for appropriate purposes.”

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