Partnership opposes tariffs on Mexico, backs more funding for Customs and Border Protection
Irwindale – This past week, the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership has weighed in on two significant federal issues that would have a major impact on our local economy. The Partnership joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and 140 other business groups from around the country to oppose the Trump Administration’s proposal to impose a five percent tariff on all goods imported from Mexico.
The proposed tariffs put at risk an upcoming vote in Congress to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a new trade pact that works to eliminate barriers to international commerce, promote conditions of fair competition, and to further trilateral and regional cooperation between the major nations of North America.
“Tariffs on Mexican imports would not only harm the American economy as a whole, but greatly harm our own economy here in the San Gabriel Valley,” said Bill Manis, Partnership President and CEO. “The tariffs would have increased the cost of goods our residents buy – from avocados to automobiles – as well as hurt our local businesses that trade extensively with Mexico.”
The Partnership also joined the U.S. Chamber to support additional funding for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operations for the remainder of this fiscal year. This funding would support more CBP staffing, overtime, and travel costs for the ongoing redeployment of officers to address the influx of immigrants along the Mexican border. The lack of available officers at key ports of entry has dramatically increased wait times and slowed the flow of goods and people. In April of this year, it took seven hours for a freight truck to cross the Bridge of the Americas in El Paso, Texas; a year ago it took less than an hour to clear inspection and enter the U.S. Additional funding will provide Customs and Border Protection with greater flexibility on staffing and will hopefully provide better service for the flow of goods between the two countries.
For more information about these two positions, contact Brad Jensen, Director of Public Policy at (626) 856-3400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.