Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs of up to 25% on Mexican imports if the country doesn’t stop illegal immigration into the US is an example of poor decision-making, suggests Josh Barro of New York Magazine. Combined with an already-raging trade war with China, this decision is guaranteed to hurt the US economically. Additionally it seriously jeopardizes Trump’s plans to replace NAFTA, which Mexico has yet to agree to. This move indicates to other countries that the president can’t be trusted, as he will happily walk back economic agreements if he wants to. Both Democrats and Republicans have voiced their disagreement with these proposed tariffs.
President Trump’s is right to threaten Mexico with higher tariffs if the country doesn't crack down on illegal immigration to the US, believes Brandon Judd of Fox News. Securing the border is a major issue that needs to be resolved. Still, Congress is currently refusing to fund border security, in a display of extreme partisanship. Mexico has made this situation worse by not enforcing its own immigration laws, resulting in a larger amount of people making their way to the US border. Additionally this situation harms the migrants themselves. They need to wait in detention for extended periods for US authorities, which are completely overwhelmed, to process their situation.