• Keyden Smith-Herold

Americans Should Cheer that Trump’s Tariffs on Mexico Were Not Implemented

The U.S.-Mexico Border | Photo: Jose Luis Gonzalez, Reuters

President Trump recently announced that he will no longer implement proposed tariffs on imports from Mexico aimed at subduing the amount of migrants coming across the southern border.

The president tweeted: “I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico. The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended.”

“Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border. This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States.”

It was later explained that Mexico would deploy 6,000 troops to their southern border with Guatemala to help reduce the amount of illegal border crossings into their country.

These tariffs would have been a horrible policy for many reasons. First, they would have most likely cut against the new trade agreement between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico that this administration has been consistently fighting for.

Additionally, any tariff ultimately becomes a tax on the American people. Small businesses and farmers are already hurting from his justifiable tariffs against China. Our economy simply does not need two burdens that everyday Americans must carry.

On top of burdening American taxpayers, the Mexican economy would be significantly impacted, potentially leading to the flow of more migrants toward our southern border. This of course would increase the problem that these tariffs were trying to prevent.

Any aid from Mexico would be greatly appreciated, as Congress is once again failing to do anything to stop this crisis from happening. In the month of May alone, over 140,000 migrants crossed the border illegally— leading to a significant humanitarian and safety crisis in the United States.

Countless Republican lawmakers have been continually calling out their Democratic colleagues for ignoring requests to pass legislation which would provide border wall funding and more aid to migrants.

Instead, Congressional Democrats simply repeat talking points wrongfully slamming the President and his administration. Why? Because unsolved problems win elections.

Thankfully this economic burden was prevented— but this does not mean that future problems are solved.

Congress needs to get their act together to solve real problems that are occurring in vast parts of this country. The famous and true statement “all talk, no action” is ringing as true and loud as it’s always been.

*Addition: The 144,000 migrant statistic was added after June 12th, 2019, when the DHS published their official report.


Keyden Smith-Herold is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Analytical. Contact him: info@dailyanalytical.com