Trump vows tariffs on Mexico to curb illegal immigration

May 31, 2019, 1:49 AM EDT
U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that a 5% tariff would be imposed on all Mexican goods.
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U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that a fine percent tariff would be imposed on all Mexican goods from June 10, and it would be raised gradually until the heavy influx of illegal immigrants on the U.S. southern border recedes.

Reacting to the announcement, Jesus Seade, Mexico’s top diplomat for North America, said the measure, if implemented, would be “disastrous,” notes the BBC. Trump had declared a national emergency in February in an attempt to secure funds for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, an effort that ended up in vain after a judge barred the diversion of federal funds.

Trump’s abrupt move to stem the tide of immigrants could severely strain America’s economic ties with Mexico, reports Reuters. Imposing fresh tariffs on Mexican goods also locks the U.S. in a new trade skirmish at a time when trade talks with China seem to be faltering.

 

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