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Mexico and the U.S. will review migration measures in 45 days

On Friday, Mexico and the United States struck a deal to avert a tariff war

Mexico and the U.S. will review migration measures in 45 days
Marcelo Ebrard reached a deal to prevent tariffs with the U.S. government - Photo: Gustavo Graff/REUTERS
English 10/06/2019 15:56 Newsroom & Agencies Mexico City Reuters Actualizada 16:03
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Today Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said that measures agreed with the United States last week to stem the flow of U.S.-bound Central American migrants entering Mexico will be evaluated after 45 days.

Speaking at President López Obrador's regular news conference, Ebrard said that if Mexico managed to reduce the number of migrants entering the country, it would show that the strategy implemented by the Mexican government is working.

On Friday, Mexico and the United States struck a deal to avert a tariff war, with Mexico agreeing to rapidly expand an asylum program and deploy security forces to stop immigration from Central America.

U.S. President Donald Trump had been threatening to impose 5% import tariffs on all Mexican goods starting today if Mexico did not commit to do more to tighten its borders and “stop the invasion” of the U.S.

There was no specific migration reduction target, Ebrard said, noting that when he began talks in Washington last week to defuse the tariff threat, the U.S. government wanted Mexico to accept a “safe third country” agreement over migration.

Mexico rejected this demand, which would have forced Mexican authorities to accept many of the migrants detained trying to enter the United States by making them submit their asylum claims in Mexico rather than with U.S. authorities.

Ebrard noted that U.S. authorities wanted to cut the number of migrants to “zero” and said Washington would likely repeat its “safe third country” demand if Mexico was not able to bring down the number of people crossing illegally into the country.

Ebrard said he will talk to Central American organizations to solve the migration issue.

The Foreign Affair Minister denied the two countries signed any security or agriculture agreements. He later shared the document through social media:

Trump, who has called the surge in migrants an “invasion,” had threatened to keep raising tariffs against Mexico up to 25% unless Mexico fulfilled his demands.

Mexico and the United States agreed to keep discussing possible measures to address the crisis and will make announcements on the matter in 90 days.

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