Trump takes U-turn on border close announcement; Mexico given a year

President Donald Trump has taken a U-turn on his earlier announcement to be closing the southern border. Mexico will now be granted with one another year to help in reducing flow of illegal drugs as well as migrants into the United States.

According to the president the southern neighbor would be first slapped with car duties and thereafter face shutting down of border if such smuggling is not clamped down.

Trump added, “We’re going to give them a one year warning… and if the drugs don’t stop, or largely stop, we’re going to put tariffs on Mexico and products, in particular cars.”

Mexico is the country’s third-largest trading partner and so economical impact would be widespread if sanctions are imposed.

Associate professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management in Washington DC, Matthew Dallek, said President of United States has wide latitude to control incoming goods and people flow.

However, there would be several legal challenges if Trump implements what he announced earlier like his travel ban via executive order in recent years was challenged at court.

Dallek adds shutting of border would bring more unsustainable chaos and political pressure.

President if the Migration Policy Institute, Andrew Selee, said the move would be like a murder-suicide as holding gun on Mexican government is to result with ricochets on to the US economy.

Paul Linus