Trump’s immigration tariffs get tough rebuke from key republicans

President Donald Trump has been heavily focused on the border during his time in office, having promised his constituents that he would build a “big, beautiful” wall between the United States and Mexico.

Of course, the “resistance” democrats have had other ideas, blocking Trump every chance that they get.  Their argument is that the wall is a cruel and unwieldy deterrent to illegal immigration.

The President has responded by outlining his hopes that a wall would funnel these would-be Americans through legal, safer points of entry.

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As the wall stalls in Congress, Trump has attempted an array of other avenues in order to stem the rising tide of undocumented migration, including a threat to impose tariffs on Mexico as a sort of motivational tool to bring them into the fold.

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Those tariffs are extremely unpopular in Mexico and, it seems, among American republicans as well.

A White House trade adviser and a leading Republican senator said on Wednesday that a U.S. plan to impose tariffs on Mexican goods might not go into effect, offering hope for Mexico and American businesses concerned about economic damage from a new front in President Donald Trump’s trade wars.

Adviser Peter Navarro told CNN that Trump’s threatened tariffs, due to come into force next week, might not be needed because the United States now has “the Mexicans’ attention” on stemming illegal immigration.

Frustrated by the lack of progress on a signature issue from his 2016 election campaign, Trump unexpectedly told Mexico last week to take a harder line on curbing illegal immigration or face 5% tariffs on all its exports to the United States, rising to as much as 25% later in the year.

Mexican officials are hoping for a diplomatic solution to this latest amalgamation of trade and immigration.

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