Trump’s Tariff Proposal Against Mexico Clearly Worked
Illegal Immigration Costs Texans Billions
HOUSTON TX – Lt. Governor Dan Patrick issued the following statement today following the news that President Donald Trump has rescinded his plan to increase trade tariffs against Mexico after they signed an agreement to allow migrants to wait in Mexico while their asylum claims are being heard. Mexico also agreed to deploy national guard troops to increase immigration enforcement:
“Earlier this week when I announced my support for President Donald Trump’s proposed tariff’s against Mexico, I predicted they would be effective — which they clearly were — and that they would not last long. No one works harder to protect the Texas economy than I do and while the proposed tariffs would have been costly, those costs pale in comparison to the ongoing cost of illegal immigration in Texas.
“The Border Patrol reports that 144,278 entered the U.S. illegally in May alone, a massive increase over last year. At the current pace, over a million illegal immigrants will enter the U.S. in 2019. This massive increase, more than twice the number from 2018, is costing Texans billions of dollars. Our health care systems and emergency rooms are buckling under pressure from illegal migrants and our public schools are struggling to deal with the huge increase in numbers of students, most without language proficiency or basic skills. Locally, cities and counties along the border have said they can no longer absorb the massive increase in illegal immigration. Cost increases on everything from temporary shelter and policing to street cleaning have been astronomical. Churches along the border are doing everything they can to help and they have told me they cannot keep up with the ever-increasing influx of illegal migrants. The $2.4 billion the state has spent on border enforcement is another cost taxpayers pay.
“President Trump was right to use economic pressure to get Mexico to help in stemming the tide of illegal immigration and that’s why I supported him. This is an emergency. The Mexican border with Central America is much shorter than the U.S. border with Mexico and the Mexican government has the means to enforce their immigration laws. President Trump’s tariff threat was good for the United States and it was good for Texas.”