- Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard said this on Thursday in talks with US officials in Washington.
- The Mexican government is trying to prevent the punitive tariffs.
- The number of people illegally crossing the US Southern border has increased significantly in recent months.
Negotiations take days in Washington- but still breakthrough is missing. If nothing happens, US tariffs will apply to all imports from Mexico on Monday. The Mexican government is now making concessions.
To appease US President Donald Trump in the migration dispute, Mexico wants to deploy 6,000 National Guardsmen on its Southern border. Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard said this on Thursday in talks with US officials in Washington. This is to prevent the entry of Central American migrants on their way to the USA. The Mexican government wants to prevent with a set of concessions that Trump raises from Monday to punitive tariffs on Mexican imports.
“We still have no agreement,” said Ebrard after the talks on Thursday. “Tomorrow we have another meeting in the morning and we will move forward.”
Trump accuses the Mexican government of not acting vigorously enough against the illegal migration from Central America to the United States. He has, therefore, threatened to impose punitive tariffs on Mexican imports from Monday. These should initially be five percent and rise to 25 percent by October – if the Mexican authorities do not take measures that are sufficient from the point of view of the US government.
Pence: “Stand now, customs duties come into force on Monday”,” said US Vice President Mike Pence after the talks on Thursday. The results will be evaluated and submitted to President Donald Trump, who ultimately has to make the decision. Mexico has moved, but not enough, said Pence. “Mexico needs to do a lot more to end this crisis at our borders,” he said.
The Mexican government is trying to prevent punitive tariffs. On Thursday she announced the blockade of bank accounts of a suspected smugglers gang. The group had been involved in organizing refugee treks, a Ministry of Finance said in Mexico City. Investigators from the ministry identified 26 alleged smugglers. Mexican authorities had also at least partially stopped Wednesday a new trek of hundreds of Central American migrants.
The number of migrants is increasing
The number of people illegally crossing the US Southern border has increased significantly in recent months. These are mostly migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, fleeing poverty and violence in their countries. Most of them claim asylum after crossing the US border.
In May alone, 144,000 migrants were stopped or arrested by officials at the US border with Mexico, according to the US border police CBP. That was an increase of 32 percent compared to April.
Government officials from the US and Mexico have been holding talks in Washington over the immigration dispute for days. US Presidential spokeswoman Mercedes Schlapp criticized Thursday that the previous Mexican proposals were “just not enough”. “It looks like we’re heading for the customs tariff,” she told Fox News.
Critics warn of price increases in the US and a serious impact on the economy in the two neighboring countries. “Many people, including senators, have no idea what they’re talking about when it comes to tariffs,” Trump said on Thursday.