On Mexico border, Republican business owners oppose Trump's tariff threat

Reuters | June 09, 2019

A lifelong Republican, Russ Jones supports President Donald Trump and agrees he needs to take action to deal with an immigration crisis on the border with Mexico. Jones also has a customs brokerage business to run, however, and says Trump’s lingering threat to impose tariffs on imports from Mexico unless its government stems the flow of Central American migrants across the U.S.-Mexico border is terrible policy. Trump, infuriated by a surge of illegal immigrants in recent months, had threatened to impose a 5% tariff on Mexican imports starting on Monday, and steadily increase it to 25% in coming months, unless Mexico acted to stop what he describes as an invasion. On Friday Trump backed down from imposing the tariff, saying Mexico had agreed to help stem the illegal border traffic, but made clear he will go back to the plan if Mexico does not fully cooperate.

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Politicians on both sides this election season have been assuring Americans that small business is the backbone of our economy. Congress and President Obama put the proverbial money where their mouths are by passing and signing the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act in April 2012.

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Politicians on both sides this election season have been assuring Americans that small business is the backbone of our economy. Congress and President Obama put the proverbial money where their mouths are by passing and signing the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act in April 2012.

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