30 May 2019   1 comment

US President Trump has threatened to raise tariffs on all goods coming from Mexico unless illegal immigration to the US is stopped. According to the Washington Post:

“Effective June 10, the president intends to impose a 5 percent tariff on every good coming from Mexico, White House officials said. The tariffs would then increase by 5 percent on the first day of each month, starting on July 1.”

In addition, President Trump is considering changing the US asylum policy, effectively ending chances of asylum in the US to all Central American citizens who transit through Mexico to the US.

It is very difficult for me to believe that this threat is serious and I doubt that Mr. Trump has the authority to impose such tariffs. Mexico has been trying to address the flow of refugees and it is hard to imagine how it could be more effective. The US is also economically dependent on Mexican exports and many US companies reliant on that trade will make it difficult for the tariffs to be imposed. The proposal is more foolishness passing as policy; I suspect that it will be forgotten by tomorrow.

Posted May 30, 2019 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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  1. This is letter of President Lopez Obrador adressed yesterday to President Trump.

    El jue., 30 de may. de 2019 9:16 p. m., World Politics News escribió:

    > vferraro1971 posted: ” US President Trump has threatened to raise tariffs > on all goods coming from Mexico unless illegal immigration to the US is > stopped. According to the Washington Post: “Effective June 10, the > president intends to impose a 5 percent tariff on every good” >

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