DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds released the following statement regarding President Trump’s recent tariff threats on Mexico over migration:
“We need to secure the border and address our nation’s broken immigration system, but it cannot be done on the backs of Iowa farmers. Iowans are frustrated with Washington’s inability to reform our country’s immigration system and address the crisis at the border, but I am asking the President to rethink this approach. Mexico is Iowa’s top trading partner, and placing new tariffs could undo the progress made by the negotiated USMCA trade agreement. Congress must move forward with ratification of the USMCA.”
President Donald Trump on Thursday declared that “on June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP. The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied, at which time the Tariffs will be removed. Details from the White House to follow.”
The tariffs, worth $346.5 billion, would begin on June 10. Then, go to 10 percent on July 1. Then, go to 15 percent on August 1 and then rise to 20 percent on September 1, and 25 percent on October 1.