FederalImmigration & BorderIssuesAs Mexico Tariff Standoff Subsides, Here’s Where the Texas Congressional Delegation Stands

Texas' federal delegation reacted to the President Trump's tariff threat, intended to force Mexico to act on border security.
June 13, 2019
Late last month, President Trump announced a set of impending tariffs on Mexico. He’s stated his strategy in threatening the tariffs is to persuade Mexico to secure their side of the shared U.S. Mexico border, as well as Mexico’s southern border.

Directly bordering Mexico, Texas has reeled from the massive increase of illegal immigrants crossing the United States’ southern border.

Conversely, Mexico is Texas’ number one trading partner, and the tariffs proposed by the president would likely negatively affect the state’s economy.

Texas officials are divided as to whether the proposed tradeoff is worth the cost.

The Texan reached out to or compiled public statements from all 36 Texas Congressional members and both Texas Senators outlining their positions on the proposal.

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Since then, President Trump declared victory, claiming a deal had been reached with Mexico to avoid implementing the tariffs.

The New York Times published a story on June 8 reporting that Mexico had already agreed to send 6,000 troops to their border with Guatemala before the tariffs were announced. The President disputed this claim, saying there had been no such agreement.

Since then, Mexico has deployed its 6,000 committed National Guard troops to the Guatemala border. It is uncertain if and when Mexico will send troops to the U.S. Mexico border.

The table below contains the statements and positions of those who responded to The Texan’s request for comment.

Many of the statements were gathered before the deployment, but they accurately reflect the individual member’s position at the time.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)Undeclared"I appreciate President Trump's unwavering commitment to securing our southern border and enforcing our immigration laws, and I’ll continue to support his efforts to stop the flow of illegal immigration, But it's important to remember that any actions that we take to secure our southern border must also keep in mind the important role that Mexico plays in the economy of the United States."
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)Oppose"I understand that the president is frustrated with Congressional Democrats refusing to do their job or to do anything to fix this crisis. That being said this is the wrong solution to the crisis."
Louie Gohmert (R-TX-1)Support"My home state of Texas has a first-hand view of the crisis on our southern border and the dangers we all face as the onslaught continues unabated. I am so deeply grateful that President Trump continues to seek solutions to this national security nightmare."
Dan Crenshaw (R-TX-2)Oppose“While Trump clearly got Mexico’s attention, this will not solve the border crisis. Tariffs are taxes. They're bad for our companies, they’re bad for consumers, they’re bad for our supply chains and specifically, tariffs on Mexico are bad for Texas.”
Van Taylor (R-TX-3)N/ADid not respond.
John Ratcliffe (R-TX-4)Support"Cooperating with Mexico to secure our borders is vital to Texas and U.S. interests. I commend the Trump administration for fighting for an agreement to help curb the immigration crisis that our Democratic colleagues continue to ignore."
Lance Gooden (R-TX-5)Support“I absolutely support President Trump’s efforts to secure our borders. The detractors from the left that call President Trump a lawbreaker are the first to criticize him when he takes a hardline stance against lawbreaking illegal immigration.”
Ron Wright (R-TX-6)Oppose“The tariffs the president is talking about would of course hurt Mexico much more than us initially. But eventually they will just impose similar tariffs on us as well. I would like to avoid endangering the passage of the USMCA Trade Agreement.”
Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX-7)N/ADid not respond.
Kevin Brady (R-TX-8)Undeclared“Mexico is a valued ally and the new tariffs are not yet in effect, so there is a window here for both countries to find common ground. It is in both of our interests to do so, economically and for stronger security."
Al Green (D-TX-9)N/ADid not respond.
Michael McCaul (R-TX-10)N/ADid not respond.
Mike Conaway (R-TX-11)N/ADid not respond.
Kay Granger (R-TX-12)N/ADid not respond.
Mac Thornberry (R-TX-13)N/ADid not respond.
Randy Weber (R-TX-14)N/ADid not respond.
Vicente González (D-TX-15)Oppose"Instead of pledging our support, the president has once again turned to punitive and coercive policies that are a far cry from addressing the root causes of the real issues at hand and would effectively invalidate our commitments. Disappointment does not even begin to describe it."
Veronica Escobar (D-TX-16)N/ADid not respond.
Bill Flores (R-TX-17)N/A“Tariffs are bad. I’m fine with using tariffs as tools to encourage people to negotiate. But primarily they should be used for trade disputes, not for diplomatic situations like with Mexico.”
Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18)Oppose"The president's use of tariffs are wrecking our economy and I condemn this provocation of a trade war, begun by the President because he is unhappy with the flow of migrants at our southern border. This is an abuse of power!!"
Jodey Arrington (R-TX-19)N/ADid not respond.
Joaquin Castro (D-TX-20)Oppose"Congress cannot allow this President to tank our economy and our relationships with neighbors to further demonize immigrants fleeing violence. Increasing the costs of goods on Americans will not solve the dire humanitarian situation in Central America."
Chip Roy (R-TX-21)Support"We've got a job to do. We've got to deal with the border. Tariffs are not my first choice, but I'm glad the Mexican government has leadership here and is sitting down with us. They are doing that because the President is threatening to tariff. We need a responsible solution right now.
Pete Olson (R-TX-22)N/ADid not respond.
Will Hurd (R-TX-23)Oppose"The way we deal with the humanitarian crisis on our Southern border is not by hurting the 5 million+ American jobs that rely on trade with Mexico and raising the costs of everyday products, from the tank of gas you need to get to work to the cold beer you grab on a hot day."
Kenny Marchant (R-TX-24)N/ADid not respond.
Roger Williams (R-TX-25)N/ADid not respond.
Michael Burgess (R-TX-26)N/ADid not respond.
Michael Cloud (R-TX-27)Support"The president threw out the idea of imposing tariffs and it got Mexico on the plane the next day. I think it's a negotiating strategy, we'll see. The goal is to get Mexico to act."
Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28)Oppose“The President’s threat to impose tariffs on Mexico is a dangerous mistake that will have significant consequences to our economy and negotiations with the USMCA."
Sylvia Garcia (D-TX-29)N/ADid not respond.
Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30)N/ADid not respond.
John Carter (R-TX-31)N/ADid not respond.
Colin Allred (D-TX-32)N/ADid not respond.
Marc Veasey (D-TX-33)Oppose"Texans can’t afford the President’s latest short sighted move. Let’s work to address immigration in a compassionate way that reflects America’s values. Not hurt regular Texans."
Filemon Vela (D-TX-34)N/ADid not respond.
Lloyd Doggett (D-TX-35)Oppose"[Tariffs are] a tax on Texas consumers and it causes great harm to Texas businesses."
Brian Babin (R-TX-36)Support"This is national security. Trade security is very important, especially for my home state of Texas. But national security trumps trade security."


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