RELATED: Mexican president cancels trip to meet with Trump
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled a trip to America Thursday due to Trump's wall proposal.
Maria Delgadillo has owned Mi Familia Taqueria in Berkeley for 20 years. The cost of doing business is always rising. Most of her produce comes from Mexico. "A couple of months ago when we didn't have avocados in California they were $100. That's a lot of money."
That cost could get even higher if President Trump imposes his tax to pay for the border wall.
"Our Mexican beer has been her a long time," Delgadillo said. "All may have to go."
Owners of a Berkeley restaurant worried about Trump's tax prop on Mexican imports to fund border wall. pic.twitter.com/7bOOrASfK0— Cbarnard (@CornellBarnard) January 27, 2017
A tax may prevent her from carrying Mexican beer and soda and force her to raise prices.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says it's only a proposal to fund the wall, the cost of which is estimated between $12 and $15 billion. "Clearly provides funding, does so that the American taxpayer is respected," he said.
U.C. Berkeley professor Harley Shaiken says Trump needs congress to approve the border tax, but fixing strained relations with America's third largest trade partner won't be easy. "This is a set of acts that's demonized Mexico which could leave a lasting legacy."
Republican Senator Lindsay Graham ridiculed the border tax proposal in a tweet:
Border security yes, tariffs no. Mexico is 3rd largest trading partner. Any tariff we can levy they can levy. Huge barrier to econ growth /1— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 26, 2017