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Mexico's Dignity

The damage is done. Irrespective of whether Donald Trump imposes his proposed tariffs on Mexican goods, he has already gravely undermined the bilateral relationship between the United States and Mexico.

Donald Trump has begun his 2020 reelection bid in much the same way he began his successful 2016 campaign: by attacking Mexico and Mexicans to galvanise his base. He has insouciantly slapped Mexico, a central economic partner and strategic ally, with the International Economic Emergency Powers Act, a law ordinarily reserved for enemies of the United States.

Reaching Agreement with Mexico

U.S. and Mexican cabinet ministers are conducting intense negotiations this week to craft solutions on handling Central American migrant flows.  They seek to forgo a dangerous path of ratcheting up U.S. tariffs on Mexican imports that would dearly cost U.S. consumers, businesses and farmers.  

As former U.S. Ambassadors to Mexico, we urge these senior leaders to delink trade and immigration and find ways ahead to address the real problems around Central American migration.  Otherwise, we face lose-lose outcomes. 

Trump, Tariffs, and U.S.-Mexico Relations: Finding a Path Forward

Last week, President Trump announced that the United States will impose a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports in an attempt to pressure Mexico to crack down on migrants trying to cross into the United States via the southern U.S. border. Under this plan, the government will increase tariffs by 5% each month until it believes Mexico has taken sufficient action or until the tariffs reach 25%. These tariffs are expected to go into effect on June 10th.

Response to Trump's Announcement of Tariffs on Mexican Imports

Below are responses from several of our experts to Trump's announcement to impose tariffs on Mexican imports. 

Firmness in the Face of Trump's Schizophrenia

May seemed to be a month of great progress towards the approval of the new version of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the so-called United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

On May 17, 2019, the United States agreed to remove the 25 and 10 percent tariffs applied respectively to steel and aluminum from Mexico and Canada for reasons of national security. On May 20, 2019, Mexico and Canada subsequently removed the retaliatory tariffs imposed on the United States for this measure.

Time to Seal the Deal on USMCA

The time is ripe for the Trump administration and the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives to forge an agreement for approval of the new North American trade agreement, called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or the USMCA.

The new NAFTA will give North America at least 16 years of modern, predictable rules and processes for strengthening the continent’s massive trade and co-production networks, including the many millions of jobs they support.