This wasn’t a surprising move at all. Trump threatened Mexico with tariffs in the past as he has grown frustrated with the record flow of Central American migrants to the southern US border via Mexico. He last made this threat in April amid another threat to close the border.
I’ve often wondered how Canada and Mexico would’ve reacted if the situation was reversed - ie, if people from US kept crossing into Canada and Mexico illegally in record numbers, overwhelming their security forces, immigration apparatus and the court systems.
If Americans had kept crossing into Canada and Mexico in record numbers in a manner that bypassed their legal immigration ports, and the situation created great internal political tension and division, what would lawmakers in these countries have done?
Would these countries have expanded immigration quotas to accommodate the influx of Americans? Or would they have pushed back, fearing that such an influx of new immigrants would impact their internal politics, national identity, economy, healthcare etc.
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