Trump threatens more tariffs on Mexico over part of immigration deal

Lloyd Doyle
June 11, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Monday reiterated President Trump's assertion that the U.S.'s recent deal with Mexico regarding immigration and the border was a success - arguing that the agreement moves beyond just ramping up existing efforts by the two nations.

Trump and other administration officials, however, say Mexico made major concessions and have credited his threat to slap a 5% tax on all Mexican goods if the country didn't immediately agree to do more to stem the flow of Central American migrants across the USA southern border.

Another part of the deal was Mexico's agreement to deploy 6,000 National Guard servicemen to Mexico's southern border and across the country in order to curb the influx of immigrants crossing into the United States illegally. The administration has yet to reveal the details of any such provision, and Mexican officials say no agreement on farm goods was reached as part of the talks.

But Trump warned that if there is a problem and the "approval is not forthcoming", tariffs against Mexican imports will be imposed.

Ebrard said his country is to speed up deployment of its recently created National Guard at the southern border with Guatemala, and Mexican migration authorities will demand identification from any visitor entering Mexico.

Over the weekend, Trump also claimed that Mexico agreed to buy more agricultural products from the US.

President Trump is a man who claims many things.

"However", he added, "if for some unknown reason" that doesn't happen, "we can always go back to our previous, very profitable, position of Tariffs". "For American businesses, they introduce significant uncertainty: it is hard to make investment decisions in the face of continual threats of new tariffs, even if many of them may not ultimately be enacted".

"It's just another aspect of what we've done", replied Trump during a brief event on the White House South Lawn honoring the race vehicle team that won this year's Indianapolis 500 race.

The US has given Mexico 45 days to reduce the number of migrants crossing its territory on their way to the US. As a part of the agreement, Mexico not only allows those returned from the United States to stay in Mexico but also must offer them work permits, health care and education, the CBS report says. After days of negotiations, a deal was reached on Friday which both sides hailed as a success.

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. The U.S. and the European Union are gearing up for talks on a trade agreement aimed at fixing trade imbalances by increasing U.S. exports.

Told by reporters at the White House that Mexico has not confirmed its legislature will vote on the unspecified further measures, Trump answered: "I don't think they'll be denying it very long". U.S. Border Patrol last week announced it had apprehended more than 132,000 people at the border in May, including a record 84,542 adults and children traveling together, straining federal resources and leaving officials struggling to provide basic housing and health care.

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