Trump to Hit Mexico With 5 Percent Tariff Over Illegal Immigration
PoliticsMimi Nguyen Ly

President Donald Trump announced late May 30 a 5 percent tariff on all goods coming from Mexico.

“On June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP,” he said in a Twitter post.

“The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied, at which time the Tariffs will be removed. Details from the White House to follow.”

Trump told reporters earlier on May 30 that he was planning “a major statement” that would be his biggest and most “dramatic” so far on the border.

“I’m not closing the borders, I’m doing something else,” he said, adding that the statement “will have to do with people crossing the border illegally.”

Official Statement

Shortly after Trump’s tweet, the White House released the President’s statement on its website.

Trump wrote that Mexico has been passively allowing illegal immigrants through its borders, despite its “very strong immigration laws,” and could easily stop the flow of illegal immigrants by returning them to their home countries.

He noted that the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants that come through Mexico to enter the United States have caused an “emergency and extraordinary threat” to the national security and economy of the United States.

“This sustained influx of illegal aliens has profound consequences on every aspect of our national life—overwhelming our schools, overcrowding our hospitals, draining our welfare system, and causing untold amounts of crime,” he wrote.

“Gang members, smugglers, human traffickers, and illegal drugs and narcotics of all kinds are pouring across the Southern Border and directly into our communities.”

He wrote that Mexico has not been treating the United States “fairly” for many years by failing crack down on the surge of Central American migrants from countries including El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, and that “It must end NOW!”

“Mexico must step up and help solve this problem,” he said.

“We welcome people who come to the United States legally, but we cannot allow our laws to be broken and our borders to be violated.

“For years, Mexico has not treated us fairly—but we are now asserting our rights as a sovereign Nation.”

The president said that if Mexico can alleviate the crisis at the Southern border, by dramatically reducing or eliminating the number of illegal aliens crossing, the United States may remove the tariffs.

“If the crisis persists, however, the Tariffs will be raised to 10 percent on July 1, 2019,” Trump said.

He added that the tariffs will increase yet again to 15 percent on Aug. 1, 20 percent on Sept. 1, and 25 percent on Oct.1 if Mexico still has not taken action.

Trump ended by saying, “As President of the United States, my highest duty is the defense of the country and its citizens.

“A nation without borders is not a nation at all.  I will not stand by and allow our sovereignty to be eroded, our laws to be trampled, or our borders to be disrespected anymore.”

It’s unclear whether the announcement will have any impact on the new United States-Mexico-Canada trade deal.

Federal Judge Who Blocked Trump’s Wall Donated to Obama

On May 24, a federal judge had ruled that the Trump administration must temporarily stop using some Defense Department funds to build additional border fencing—the third Democrat donor judge to rule against the Republican president in a week.

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U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam (L) and former U.S. President Barack Obama in file photos. (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California & Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The same judge—U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr.—had donated to former President Barack Obama. According to federal election records, he had donated $6,900 to Obama’s campaign for president—$4,600 to Obama for America and $2,300 to the Obama Victory Fund.

He then donated additional funds to Obama’s re-election campaign, sending $13,500 to Obama for America and Obama Victory Fund 2012. He also donated $4,500 to the Democratic National Committee. From 2012 to November 2014, he sent $3,100 to the Covington and Burling LLP PAC.

Gilliam was nominated by Obama and receiving a recommendation by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and was confirmed in 2014. He was in private practice for nearly a decade at the law firms of Bingham McCutchen and Covington & Burling before being nominated.

The two other judges who recently ruled against Trump also have a history of donating to Democrats.

Trump has continued to note the background of some judges ruling against him, hitting out at U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta—who donated thousands to Obama—after Mehta’s recent ruling.

“As far as the financials are concerned, we think it’s totally the wrong decision by, obviously, an Obama-appointed judge,” he told reporters after the ruling. “He was a recent Obama-appointed judge.”

The Associated Press and NTD reporter Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.

From The Epoch Times