President Donald Trump has said in a tweet that he will impose a 25 percent tariff on all cars imported from Mexico to the United States if the country does not take measures to curb illegal immigration into the United States.
The President added in a later tweet that the tariff would supersede the stipulations in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement trade deal that he negotiated with Mexico to replace NAFTA.
Trump also said if the 25 percent tariff does not convince Mexico to begin stopping illegals from crossing the U.S. border, he will then be forced to shut down the border completely.
….However, if for any reason Mexico stops apprehending and bringing the illegals back to where they came from, the U.S. will be forced to Tariff at 25% all cars made in Mexico and shipped over the Border to us. If that doesn’t work, which it will, I will close the Border…….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 5, 2019
If imposed, this rule could stand to hurt General Motors’ pocketbook the most. The company has a larger manufacturing footprint in Mexico than any other automaker, operating three assembly plants in the country and one parts plant. According to The Detroit Free Press, GM built 801,163 vehicles at its three Mexican assembly plants between January and November of 2018, 693,782 of which were exported to the United States or Canada.
GM was recently forced to remove a 2019 Blazer from a branded display at Detroit’s Comerica Park after some residents of the city spoke out against its presence. Members of the public were irate that the automaker had decided to dangle the Mexican-made Blazer in front of their faces at the ballpark after laying off thousands of its blue and white collar American workers just months prior in late 2018. The automaker quietly pulled the Blazer from the display this week, replacing it with a U.S.-built Traverse and releasing no statement on the matter.