Axne on Proposed Mexico Tariffs

May 31, 2019
Press Release

Des Moines, IA – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) released the following statement on President Trump’s proposed tariffs on Mexico beginning June 10th to curb unauthorized migrant crossings at the border:

“I strongly encourage the President not to follow through on the threat to escalate tariffs with Mexico. The trade war with China is already devastating Iowa farmers and increasing consumer prices on Iowa families.

“Tariffs will not secure our border, but they will place a significant financial burden on Iowa farmers, businesses and families. We need to look at serious ways to strengthen our border security, including passing comprehensive immigration reform that increases funding for innovative surveillance and security technology and more agents at the border.”

On May 23, Rep. Axne requested the Treasury Department provide Congress with data on the economic impact Chinese tariffs would place on the average family. In a letter sent to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, Rep. Axne requested the full extent of economic impact research conducted by the Department of Treasury prior to the Administration’s implementing a 25% tariff on $250 billion per year of Chinese imports. Rep. Axne requested written answers to her questions within 10 business days.

The letter was sent the day after Rep. Axne grilled Sec. Mnuchin at a House Financial Services Committee hearing on the impact the Administration’s tariffs on China are having on everyday Iowa families.