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ninety seven miles from Mexico's president to Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill the backlash against president Donald trump's surprise planned to slap tariffs on Mexican imports over the flow of illegal migrants has been both swift and fierce Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador urged trump to back down Friday after firing off a blistering letter accusing trump of quote turning the United States into a bolted space where they're stigmatizing mistreatment abuse persecution and the denial of the right to do justice to those who seek to live free from misery okay I think that there will be a correction if not right away at some point because these measures are neither in the interest of Mexicans nor United States citizens and many in the US agreed including trump own fellow Republicans saying the move could undermine a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico in a statement Senate finance chairman Chuck Grassley said trade policy and border security are separate issues this is a misuse of presidential territory and counter to congressional intent Republican senator Joni Ernst added if the president goes through with this I'm afraid progress to get this trade agreement across the finish line will be stifled but the White House hit back against the criticism Friday saying it was time for Mexico to take action on immigration they have %HESITATION absolute ability and authority to do a lot more than they're doing US officials say they are overwhelmed by record numbers of illegal crossings at the southern border mostly central American families fleeing poverty and violence at home the national emergency trump's plan for a five percent tariff on Mexican imports starts June tenth increasing monthly up to twenty five percent