President Donald Trump announced a new tariff of 5 percent would be placed on all Mexican imports by June 10, in efforts to pressure Mexico to do more to help crack down on the influx of migrants trying to cross the U.S. southern border with the country.

Tariffs could eventually increase to 25 percent.

The Mexican government responded by sending their foreign relations secretary to Washington on May 31.

The president wrote in a tweet on May 30 that the new tariff will start on June 10, and stipulated that the tariff would continue to increase until the illegal immigration problem, via Mexico, is remedied.

He continued in another tweet, “… at which time the Tariffs will be removed. Details from the White House to follow.”

Although the tariff is set at 5 percent initially, the president threatened the tariff percentage would eventually increase to 25 percent. “If Mexico still has not taken action to dramatically reduce or eliminate the number of illegal aliens crossing its territory into the United States, Tariffs will be increased to 15 percent on August 1, 2019, to 20 percent on September 1, 2019, and to 25 percent on October 1, 2019,” President Trump said in a statement released by the White House on May 30. 

“Tariffs will permanently remain at the 25 percent level unless and until Mexico substantially stops the illegal inflow of aliens coming through its territory,” the president warned.

Giving further explanation as to why the tariffs are being imposed, the president tweeted on the morning of May 31, “Mexico has taken advantage of the United States for decades. Because of Dems, our Immigration Laws are BAD.”

In another tweet, President Trump said it was hard to believe “Dems won’t do the quick and easy fix.” He said open borders equals crime.

Humanitarian crisis

The situation at the border has been a humanitarian crisis reaching a critical state in recent months. According to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), border agents have made more than 100,000 arrests and denials of entry in March. In April, the number reached 109,000.

White House officials said that, in recent months, more than 4,000 people have been apprehended at the border with children who are not their own.

On May 29, over 1,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended at the border in the El Paso sector.

The president tweeted a video of the large group and it said, “Democrats need to stand by our incredible Border Patrol and finally fix the loopholes at our Border!”

 

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