Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs to force Mexico to crack down on immigration is a cheap electoral ploy to mobilize his base. This is nothing new. But by using trade to attack a vital U.S. ally, he has jeopardized a critical relationship and caused blowback from the Republican Party, U.S. business and consumers, and the Mexican government.
It’s hard to imagine a more misdirected policy. As a U.S. citizen who has lived and worked in Mexico for decades, I’ve seen the profound changes of Mexico’s rise to become America’s No. 1 trade partner. Millions of U.S. and Mexican jobs depend on smooth relations between the two countries. Using trade to bludgeon our southern neighbor into compliance with a vague border crackdown simply makes no sense.
This article was published on June 7 in USA TODAY. Read the full article: HERE