Friday, February 9, 2018

Trump Threatens Economic Punishment For Countries That Don’t Take Back Deportees

President Donald Trump said Friday he would consider economic retaliation against countries that refuse to take back their citizens the U.S. is trying to deport.
Trump was meeting with senior U.S. officials at the Customs and Border Protection National Targeting Center in Virginia to discuss border security challenges in the coming year. When a State Department official mentioned that China has a “long history” of not accepting removals from the U.S., Trump said he would slap tariffs on Chinese imports to force Beijing to change its policy.
“We’ll put tariffs on the countries,” the president said. “They’ll take them back so fast your head will spin. We’ll just tariff their goods coming in, and they’ll take them back in two seconds.”
Trump has threatened to implement tariffs on several countries, especially China, for what he says are unfair trade practices that undermine American producers. But the use of import taxes to change the behavior of countries that don’t cooperate on deportations would be a new tactic in the Trump administration’s tough immigration enforcement agenda.
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