Tariffs are tricky, Krikorian warns

Monday, June 3, 2019
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

"USA Border" signWhile an expert on immigration issues agrees with President Trump that there is a migrant problem on the southern border, he doesn't think it would be a good idea to impose tariffs on Mexico.

President Trump has announced that he is slapping a five-percent tariff on all Mexican imports beginning June 10th to pressure Mexico to do more to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants crossing the U.S. border. Trump says the tariff percentage will gradually increase up to 25 percent "until the illegal immigration problem is remedied."

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, says this is about getting Mexico to agree to sign what is known as a "safe third country agreement" with the United States.

Krikorian

"They would agree to take back any person from a non-Mexican country -- Central America, Africa, the Middle East; all kinds of people are coming through Mexico," says Krikorian. "They would take back anybody who came to our border and asked for asylum, and so we wouldn't even put them into the pipeline for asylum hearings and the courts and all that stuff."

The immigration expert says an agreement like that could be an enormous step toward fixing the disaster at the border.

"I'm just not confident that it's going to work that way, and it's got a real possibility of backfiring, where the Mexicans will actually start cooperating less than agree to cooperate more," Krikorian warns.

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