“Trade policy and border security are separate issues. This is a misuse of presidential tariff authority and counter to congressional intent. Following through on this threat would seriously jeopardize passage of USMCA, a central campaign pledge of President Trump’s and what could be a big victory for the country.
“President Trump should consider alternatives, such as imposing a fee on the billions of dollars of remittances that annually leave the United States to Mexico, which only encourage illegal immigration and don’t help the U.S. economy.
“I support nearly every one of President Trump’s immigration policies, but this is not one of them. I urge the president to consider other options.” – Senate Finance Committee chairman Chuck Grassely, via press release.