Monday, 19 August, 2019


Trump Nixes Plans For Mexican Import Tariffs After Reaching Immigration Deal

Migrants sit on cots at the El Calvario Methodist Church which was housing asylum-seeking migrants after they were released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Trump Nixes Plans For Mexican Import Tariffs After Reaching Immigration Deal
Bennie Garza | 12 June, 2019, 05:42

"We have fully signed and documented another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico, one that the USA has been asking about getting for many years".

In our editorial last week, we said, "If Trump's tariff threat gets Mexico to sign such [a safe-third-country] agreement, we will be the first to congratulate him on his successful brinkmanship".

Part of the agreement requires approval by the Mexican Congress... However, if for some unknown reason there is not, we can always go back to our previous, very profitable, position of Tariffs - But I don't believe that will be necessary.

Trump said Mexico "has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of migration through Mexico, and to our southern border".

A major sticking point in last week's talks was a US demand that Mexico be declared a "safe third country" for asylum seekers, requiring them to seek refuge in Mexico if they passed through the country on the way to the United States.

"I hope so, I think all Americans hope that this strategy of holding these countries' feet to the fire and using American leverage, we clearly had leverage over Mexico and that's how Trump scored a big victory", Stephen Moore said.

Contrary to Mexico's foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard's comments of no secret deal with the U.S., as reported by New York Times, Jabin Botsford, Staff Photographer at The Washington Post, and VICE news, gave details of the deal waved at them recently. Texas Gov. Greg Abbot (R) applauded Trump for "trying to address this emergency" at the border, but said that he opposed the implementation of tariffs "due to the harm it would inflict on the Texas economy".

Speaking later on CNBC, Trump said the secret provision was "a very powerful tool".

"Mexico is doing a great job at the border, really helping us", he said Tuesday. Okay? If they bring the numbers way down, we won't have to, but this is my option, ' he said.

If, after 45 days, the USA government "determines at its discretion" that the results aren't enough, the document says, "the Government of Mexico will take all necessary steps under domestic law to bring the agreement into force".

Economists had warned the pain of Trump's threatened tariffs - which were to start at five percent Monday and rise incrementally to 25 percent by October - and Mexican retaliatory measures would have been acute for both countries, with potentially global spillover. "Right here is the agreement, it's very simple".

He continued to hammer the point that until recently there was no arrangement with Mexico.

However, he appeared to backtrack Monday, saying the deployment would happen "as quickly as possible".

"The New York Times wrote a story like I already made the deal, it's nonsense, we talked about it for months and months and they wouldn't get there and we just said, hey look if you don't get there we're just going to have to charge you hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes", Trump said.

A section of the US-Mexico border fence seen from Tijuana, in Baja California state, Mexico, on March 26, 2019.

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