Yesterday, President Trump announced a 5 percent tariff on Mexican imports beginning on June 10.
In a tweet sent last night, the president called for an increase on Mexican imports until such time as illegal immigrants stop coming through Mexico to the United States. The tariff will increase until the problem is solved.
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. The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied,..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2019
This tweet sent markets into a tizzy, with the Chinese communist regime, making wild allegations about being able to trust business partners, and then a veiled threat of making its own list of “unreliable entities” of foreign companies that could damage their domestic firms.
All of this on the heels of an anticipated trade meeting between the United States and the Chinese regime at this year’s G-20. The Chinese regime has already begun its retaliation against the United States by halting the purchase of American soybean.
But, how are other country’s dealing with mass illegal immigration?
In a small stretch of land in Morroco called Melilla, there is a tiny European enclave that belongs to Spain. It was won in 1497, and it has arguably one of the most well-guarded borders on Earth.
The seven-mile border was built in layers, with patrols, a 20-foot initial wall, a second flexible wall to prevent scaling, razor wire gutters, and a final third wall that is over 20 feet tall—has more anti-scaling measures built in and also razor wire halfway down the interior side.
Those are only the physical barriers, there is also electronic surveillance along every inch of the border, and armed agents on both sides to prevent illegal border crossings.
But that is not its most interesting feature
On the Moroccan side of the border is another series of measures meant to prevent illegal immigration. This might sound a bit like overkill, but it was built to protect something other than the border.
It was built by the Moroccan government to protect its “special trading status” with the EU.
The increase of border security began in 2014 after larger groups of African immigrants began making more attempts to get into Europe. They numbered in the hundreds of thousands, all fleeing conflict, famine, or persecution.
Part of the response to Spain’s physical, electronic, and human capital improvements to the enclave’s border, was that the Moroccan government build two extra layers of barriers and also used its military to supplement Spain’s efforts to protect the border.
There are real and tangible benefits for Morrocco to protect Spain’s borders. They have what is called “Advanced Status Partnership” with Europe, which gives them economic and political advantages in trade and political dealings with the EU.
The EU accounts for more than half of Morrocco’s international trade. And to remain a good business partner, Morroco assists Spain with keeping the enclave’s border secure.
Maintaining positive relations with trading partners is vital for a country’s growth. Morocco understands this and actively supports Spains efforts to keep illegal immigrants out, keeping both trade and political relationships positive on both sides.
President Trump’s announcement on a 5 percent tariff on incoming Mexican goods is not a message that he or the United States cannot be trusted, its a message to a trade partner, reminding them its important to maintain positive relationships with the United States.
The majority of illegal immigrants are not of Mexican descent, they are Central and South Americans, who should be stopped at Mexico’s southern border.