Trump threatens more tariffs on Mexico over part of immigration deal

Marco Green
June 11, 2019

Mexico had no specific target for the reduction of migrant numbers, Ebrard said.

Mexico's president has commended his foreign minister, following successful negotiations which led to the USA dropping its planned tariffs.

A regional asylum compact like the one Ebrard described could have major implications for asylum seekers, said Sarah Pierce, an analyst at the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute.

Since "Remain in Mexico" was first implemented in December 2018, US authorities have returned more than 10,000 migrants to Mexico, according to the Mexican government. "Mexico was not being co-operative on the Border in things we had, or didn't have, and now I have full confidence, especially after speaking to their President yesterday, that they will be very co-operative and want to get the job properly done".

Mexico said it would deploy its National Guard throughout the country from Monday with 6,000 additional troops being sent to its southern border with Guatemala.

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A law enforcement group of police officers, Marines, Military Police and immigration officials arrived at the area to intercept a caravan of migrants that had earlier crossed the Mexico - Guatemala border.

On Monday, Trump continued to insist he would push ahead with tariffs should Mexico not fulfill the deal.

Trump has long criticized Mexico for not doing enough to cut the number of people arriving at the southern USA border and ahead of Friday's announcement had vowed to impose 5% tariffs, with future escalations, unless the Mexican government took more action to curb the surge of migrants.

Mexico is now one of the largest trading partners for the USA, just behind China and Canada. After days of negotiations, a deal was reached on Friday which both sides hailed as a success.

The deal, announced on Friday after three days of talks in Washington, averted Trump's threatened imposition of 5% import tariffs on all Mexican goods that had been due to start on Monday unless Mexico committed to do more to help reduce an increase in migrants arriving at the USA southern border.

Asked about the tweet, Mr Ebrard said that he thought President Trump was referring to possible regional measures to be taken in conjunction with Central American nations from which most of the migrants hail from.

Ebrard told a news conference on Monday that Trump was referring to possible further measures to pressure countries other than the U.S. to share the burden.

"We have fully signed and documented another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico, one that the USA has been asking about getting for many years", Trump wrote Monday, saying it would "be revealed in the not too distant future".

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