Trump’s promised Mexico tariffs appeal to his base but pose a big political risk in 2020

“Perhaps more than any other issue, our 2016 movement energized around regaining sovereignty over our borders,” said Steve Cortes, a Trump campaign co-chair at the time, who saw immigration as central to Trump’s promise to Make America Great Again. “In recent months, the situation there spiraled into chaos, and those of us in the MAGA movement are thrilled that the president is taking strong action.”