Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands trying to reach the U.S., look through the border fence between Mexico and the United States, in Tijuana, Mexico November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Jorge DuenesMigrants, part of a caravan of thousands trying to reach the U.S., look through the border fence between Mexico and the United States, in Tijuana, Mexico November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Jorge Duenes

Trump announces tariffs on all Mexican goods until illegal immigration remedied

American citizens might have to shell a few extra bucks for their avocados, their tomatoes, their tequilas, a few American cars, and worse of all – their Coronas. In a surprise statement, US President Donald Trump announced the United States would be imposing a 5% tariff on all Mexican produced goods unless Mexico acts towards stopping the passage of illegal immigrants into the United States.

The tariffs are to be imposed from June 10. The White House said an additional 5% increment will be levied every month until October 1 taking the tariffs up to 25%. The tariffs will be removed once ‘Mexico takes substantial efforts towards the prevention of pouring in of illegal immigrants from Mexico’.

The Mexican government is yet to release their response, and many are worried the tariffs will upend the signed but yet to be ratified United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement – an amended version of the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). The White House, however, has assured the trade agreement will not be affected due to the tariffs.

Trump has accused the Mexican government of failing to do enough to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants who have been flowing to the US in search of asylum from countries including El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Trump, during the run up to his elections and after taking promised American voters he would solve the ‘illegal immigration crisis’ by building a wall along the southern border. Throughout his time in office, President Trump has sought funds to build the wall, even declaring a national emergency in February in an attempt to divert federal funds for a barrier wall. His efforts were blocked  by a judge in May.

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