SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Following Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's canceled trip to the White House today, President Donald Trump called for a 20% tax on imports from Mexico to pay for the southern wall.
This would certainly impact mom and pop stores in towns like Santa Maria. The bottom line is that prices would go up if this went into effect.
That isn't sitting well with some small businesses and KCOY 12 also spoke with customers earlier, who had some mixed reactions.
"Trump's crazy," customer Adrienne Acuna said
Adrienne Acuna says she feels targeted.
"It's not right what he's doing, I don't know it seems like he has something personal against Mexicans," Acuna said.
Thursday afternoon Donald Trump called for a 20% tariff on all imported goods from Mexico. This in the midst of an escalating dispute between Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto over who will pay for the wall.
"I feel like if he wants it, why should Mexico pay for it, if he wants it, because we don't want it, he does," Acuna said.
According to the Department of Commerce, Mexico sends about 80 percent of its exports to the United States.
"I think it's a good idea," customer Nicholas Balcita said.
Nicholas Balcita supports the 20% tax idea to build the wall and thinks it'll bring jobs.
"I think Trump is a strong smart businessman" Balcita said.
Balcita says if the 20% tax trickled down to him, the consumer, it would be a drag but he's willing to pay it.
"I think it would bring in the money that would provide the necessary funds to build the wall," Balcita said.
The two countries conduct over 2 billion dollars worth of trade on a daily basis and cooperate on everything from migration to anti-drug enforcement to environmental issues. The wall is expected to cost between 15-19 billion dollars to build.
If the tariff went into effect, it could impact small businesses in Santa Maria.
"It's going to effect the customers and us, the store, because we're going to pay more, the customers are going to pay more.. and that's a lot, 20 percent right now to pay more," Cristina Aguilar with La Huajenita D'oro said.
While President Trump is considering the 20% tax, this afternoon he did say he's weighing other options.