Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) slammed President Trump with a sarcastic reply on Friday night after Trump announced that his administration had reached a deal to slow down the flow of migrants entering the U.S. and that he would NOT impose tariffs on goods from Mexico. Schumer said coyly, “Now that that problem is solved, I’m sure we won’t be hearing any more about it in the future.”
The lead-up to the reply began on Friday, as Trump took to Twitter to announce the indefinite suspension of his threat to slap a 5% tax on all imports from Mexico (starting Monday) until illegal immigration from across the southern border was stopped.
This is an historic night!@realDonaldTrump has announced that he has cut a deal to “greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States.”
Now that that problem is solved, I’m sure we won’t be hearing any more about it in the future. https://t.co/DNNfbevkGP— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) June 8, 2019
Trump had recently threatened to impose a tariff on ALL goods from Mexico if the country didn’t rev up their commitment to stopping illegal border crossings into the U.S, however, following reported negotiations with Mexican officials, Trump announced Friday evening that a deal had been reached. He said the Mexican government would “take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border.”
I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico. The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended. Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 8, 2019
What’s at the heart of the deal? Mexico has agreed to amp up its national guard presence at its southern border to try to decrease the number of Central American migrants moving northward. They also plan to increase intelligence sharing with the U.S. and take a much harder stance on legal recourse against human and drug trafficking rings.
Illegal immigration has been a hot button talking point (or screaming point in some cases) since Trump first hit the campaign trail prior to his 2016 election and it promises to stay in the spotlight with the 2020 election cycle looming large. Who could forget, after all, the disastrous Trump administration’s policies which led to the separation of thousands of refugee families at the border.
This issue draws heated responses from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and his latest threat to impose tariffs had those lawmakers imploring him to reconsider, raising their concerns that a move like that could actually vitally hurt economic growth and stunt trade agreement progress from various nations.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Friday, “I am glad President Trump has secured a commitment from the Mexican government to do more to secure their own borders and control the flow of people through their country. The security and humanitarian crisis on the southern border of the United States is unacceptable and Mexico has a crucial role to play as a responsible neighbor.”