Trump to Declare New National Emergency to Impose Tariffs on Mexico

Trump announced the US will impose 5% tariffs on Mexico effective on Monday, 10 June. The tarriffs will increase by 5% each month up to a maximum of 25% by October. The measure was conceived to counter Mexico’s inability to stop the influx of illegal immigrants from Central and South America.

The Hill reported on Thursday citing a draft declaration obtained by their website that US President Trump plans to declare another national emergency to impose the tariffs on Mexico over its perceived role in the illegal immigrant crisis in America.

According to the document’s language, the declaration is necessary due to the “failure of the Government of Mexico to take effective action to reduce the mass migration of aliens illegally crossing into the United States through Mexico”.

“The United States Government has repeatedly asked the Government of Mexico to take responsibility and help reduce this mass migration. Yet the Government of Mexico has failed to take sufficient action to alleviate this problem, has allowed this mass incursion to increase, and has failed to secure its own southern border”, the document reads.

The new national emergency will be introduced in addition to an earlier one, declared in February, which Trump used to send National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border to support Customs and Border Protection units. He used the same declaration to divert several billion dollars in Pentagon funding for the construction of a border wall to prevent migrants from crossing into US territory by foot.

According to The Hill, the declaration of the new national emergency signals that the White House is not sure the earlier one was enough to justify the tariffs. However, it is still unclear whether “the final decision has been made” to declare another emergency. The White House has declined to comment on the issue.

The idea of declaring a second national emergency was first introduced by White House officials earlier this week during a meeting with Republican lawmakers, according to The Hill.