President Donald Trump wants to impose a 20% tax on imports from Mexico to pay for a border wall, according to the White House.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the tax is part of a comprehensive tax reform package Trump and Republicans are looking to put together. It would include taxing imports from other countries.
Earlier Thursday, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said he was scrapping a planned White House visit next week. Trump, taking the stage in Philadelphia hours later, characterized the decision to cancel the meeting as mutual.
"Unless Mexico is going to treat the United States fairly, with respect, such a meeting would be fruitless," Trump told GOP lawmakers.
Also Thursday, two senior administration officials said that the Trump administration told four top State Department management officials that their services were no longer needed as part of an effort to "Clean house." Ref. CNN.
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So here's the thing, ultimately a 20% surcharge will just be passed on to the consumer… and that's us. The companies that are being hit with this surcharge aren't just going to eat it.
Such is the ways of a consumer based economy. Yes the consumers will bear the brunt of the costs if they buy those products. But everyone will understand that prices of things imported from Mexico is going to go up. Will the products made in the USA be cheaper then and people will buy more of them? This is something that will have to be played out before we know.
Remember this is all about a wall that Mexico feels we should not build nor they pay for it but they can have walls/fences on their southern border to prevent others from entering Mexico. Somehow to me this does not make sense.
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I absolutely agree with you. Mexico has some of the harshest immigration laws in this hemisphere. That isn't something anyone will see in the news. I absolutely think we have to gain control of our borders. I just think the way we frame it is important too. How does the saying go, high fences make good neighbors? What we build on our side of the border is up to us.
Mexico warned its citizens living in the United States on Friday to "Take precautions" and remain in contact with consular officials a day after the deportation of an undocumented mother following a routine visit with US immigration authorities.
Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, 35, was deported Thursday after she checked in with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Phoenix a day earlier. The action sparked protests by supporters of Garcia de Rayos and drew praise from proponents of stricter enforcement of immigration laws.
"The case involving Mrs. Garcia de Rayos illustrates a new reality for the Mexican community living in the United States, facing the most severe implementation of immigration control measures," Mexico's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday. Ref. CNN.
Oh, I have to respond to this. So what Mexico's Foreign Ministry is saying is that us enforcing our laws is a severe implementation of immigration control measures. Funny since Mexico's immigration laws are much more severe than ours and they kick illegal immigrants from their southern neighbors out daily. Well, at least those illegals who intend to stay in Mexico. You know who they don't kick out? Illegals headed to the US.
So I read about this earlier and now again here. Here is part of the equation that the news is under reporting and that Mexico is conveniently leaving out. Most of these people are coming from Central America and they are getting here through Mexico. They are crossing our border after traversing the whole country of Mexico. Why isn't Mexico trying to stop them prior to reaching our border? If Mexico at least tacitly supports them as they cross Mexico to get here then Mexico shouldn't yell when we send them back across at the very points where they crossed our border.