Trump threatens 25 percent tariff on Mexico-made vehicles

Geraldine Edwards
April 8, 2019

"The delays have doubled, tripled, quadrupled - it's not an exact science", said Jaime Castaneda, vice president for trade policy at the U.S. Dairy Export Council. "Our area is full". More than half of those are families with children.

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"Our country is full", Trump said at an event in Calexico, Calif., to promote construction of a wall on the US border with Mexico.

The border crisis, Trump said, is a direct result of the obstruction by Democrats in Congress.

"I'm totally willing to close the border", he said, "but Mexico over the last four days they have done more than they have ever done..."

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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Monday that the administration will expedite the return of migrants to Mexico and speed up plans to deploy additional personnel to the border.

But Democrats argue Trump's threats to close the border only make the situation worse, with some saying numbers surge when threats to close the border are made. So for the first quarter of FY19, we have had many, many efficiencies noted.

Trump indicated again that closing the border is no longer on the cards at present, but reiterated a warning that he will impose 25 percent tariffs on auto imports from Mexico if illegal migration and drug smuggling are not controlled.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council meeting in the Cabinet room at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 4, 2019.

A plaque placed by US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen adorns the border wall after she inaugurated a newly renovated completed section in the El Centro Sector, at the US Mexico border in Calexico, California on October 26, 2018. Before becoming the acting director of ICE, he served as the deputy ICE director, the acting deputy commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the chief of the U.S. Border Patrol. However, his border closure threat alarmed politicians across the country, including in his own Republican Party, who warned of dire economic fallout.

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Trump was set to visit a section of border fencing in Calexico that had been replaced, referring to it as a "new" section of his long-promised border wall.

On Friday, the Migration Institute said on Twitter that 57 Cubans were sent back to Cuba by plane in the morning.

Trump warned last Friday that he would close the USA border with Mexico this week unless Mexico took action to help stop the flow of illegal migrants across the frontier. And we're going to.

It's become a complete mess for trucks hauling goods from Mexico to the USA, snarling transport at some of the busiest border crossings in the world. Its detention of foreigners, nearly all Central Americans, surged to 198,141 over the next year, from 127,149. "They live with uncertainty for years at a time because the system is broken and overwhelmed".

The case challenges two different transfers of money Mr. Trump announced earlier this year: $2.5 billion from a Pentagon drug interdiction fund and $3.6 billion Mr. Trump said he could move after declaring a national emergency, flexing powers under a 1976 law.

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Congress had voted to block the emergency declaration but Trump vetoed the measure.

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