Migration and Mexico Tariffs: A Look at the Numbers

By Holly K. Sonneland

The White House’s proposal to raise tariffs would hit states like Michigan and Texas the hardest, along with sectors like trucks and vegetables—over an issue Mexico is already addressing.

On May 30, U.S. President Donald Trump announced, via Twitter, that Washington would impose a 5 percent tariff on goods imported from Mexico on June 10, due to what he claims is an insufficient response from the Mexican government on the issue of regional migration. He further plans to increase the tariffs incrementally up to 25 percent by October, absent undefined steps from Mexico to halt migration across the shared U.S.-Mexico border. While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that “there is not much support” among Republicans for the proposed tariffs, it’s unclear if a legislative measure blocking their implementation could pass both houses of Congress with veto-proof majorities.

Below, AS/COA Online looks at what import sectors and states would be hardest hit by the proposed tariffs, as well as Mexico’s response to regional migration over the years.