Keynes and Bown describe President Trump’s decision to declare an emergency on the US southern border. On May 30, Trump invoked the 1977 International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and stated he would impose new tariffs on all US imports from Mexico starting June 10 unless, in his view, the “illegal migration crisis is alleviated through effective actions taken by Mexico.” They discuss the potential legality of such an action, as well as the likely economic implications for the United States, Mexico, and the trading system.
- Soumaya Keynes. 2019. Donald Trump vows to use tariffs to punish Mexico for migrants. The Economist, 31 May.
- Gary Hufbauer. 2016. Could a President Trump Shackle Imports? In Assessing Trade Agendas in the US Presidential Campaign, PIIE Briefing 16-6, September.
- White House. 2019. Statement from the President Regarding Emergency Measures to Address the Border Crisis. 30 May.