Young: Mexico Offer to Send National Guard Troops to Border a Positive Sign

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Young: Mexico Offer to Send National Guard Troops to Border a Positive Sign

Senator dubious about tariff threat, but won't comment on possible congressional intervention

(PENDLETON, Ind.) - Tariffs on Mexican imports to the U.S. begin Monday, unless there's a deal before then -- or congressional action afterward.

President Trump has threatened to ratchet up the import tax every month unless Mexico takes stronger action to stop illegal border crossings. Media reports say Senate Republicans may join with Democrats to override the tariffs.

Indiana Republican Todd Young says he's "not excited" about the tariffs, but he's not signing on to that effort just yet. He says he doesn't want to take away Trump's leverage as he seeks a border deal.

Business groups have warned the escalating tariffs could damage the economy. If there's no deal, the tariffs are scheduled to start at 5% and rise steadily until they max out at 25% in October.

Young says reports Mexican National Guard troops might help with border enforcement are a positive sign. But he says he doesn't know whether it's enough to satisfy the White House. And he maintains congressional Democrats deserve part of the blame for not doing more to achieve an immigration plan on the U.S. side.

Sen. Todd Young (R-Indiana) (Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)

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