As Tariff Threat Looms, US-Mexico Discuss Migration

As Tariff Threat Looms, US-Mexico Discuss Migration

The tariff rate would begin at 5 percent and increase 5 additional percentage points on the first day of each subsequent month, unless Mexico takes action to prevent migrants from entering the US - though Trump has not yet stated what actions would actually satisfy this condition.

With Monday's tariff deadline looming, Mexican government officials have been meeting with top administration officials in hopes of that the two neighboring countries might reach a cooperation agreement to curb the flow of illegal immigration through Mexico to the United States.

Trump officials have said Mexico can prevent the tariffs by securing its southern border with Guatemala, cracking down on criminal smuggling organizations and overhauling its asylum system.

Details of the agreement will be made public shortly, Mr Trump added.

The Hill reported on Thursday citing a draft declaration obtained by their website that US President Trump plans to declare another national emergency to impose the tariffs on Mexico over its perceived role in the illegal immigrant crisis in America. Trump has increasingly relied on tariffs as a bludgeon to try to force other nations to bend to his will, dismissing warnings, including from fellow Republicans, about the likely effects on American manufacturers and consumers.

And some Senate Republicans believe they could actually assemble a veto-proof majority behind repealing the tariffs. But the USA has not proposed concrete benchmarks to assess whether Mexico is complying, and it is unclear whether even those steps would be enough to satisfy Trump on illegal immigration, an issue he sees as crucial to his 2020 re-election campaign.

The tariff dispute "raises a needless question when there is a victory at hand" in advancing the new trade deal, Grassley said.

The tariffs carry enormous economic implications for both countries, and politically they underscore a major ideological split between Trump and his party.

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"The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is weighing a lawsuit against the White House over President Trump's latest round of tariffs", reports USA TODAY'S Nathan Bomey.

All of which is to say: Mexico had a wide variety of reasons to believe that Trump would ultimately back down.

Mexico's Ambassador to the U.S., Martha Barcena, agreed, but said that there are limits to what they can negotiate. Talks between US and Mexican officials were underway all week.

While Republican lawmakers, who have indicated they could block Trump's attempts to impose the tariff, and Mexican officials have attempted to dissuade the president from his threatened tariff, the administration has appeared unwilling to budge. "I'm not anxious about it because they need us, we don't need them", he said. Mexico was able to avoid these tariffs on farm and agricultural products, according to Trump's announcement.

Republican senators have expressed frustration with the administration's lack of clarity on the plan. The officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

According to an analysis from Deutsche Bank, "some 35 percent of all U.S. auto parts consist of components manufactured overseas - and Mexico is one of the U.S.'s largest trading partners, with a bilateral relationship worth $671 billion previous year, according to the U.S. Trade Representative's office", Bradley says.

"Short term, this is all about symbolism" and sending a message to Trump's political base, Hollifield said.

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