Mexico’s president on Saturday, June 1, suggested that his country might tighten migration controls to defuse the threat of U.S. President Donald Trump imposing tariffs on Mexican goods, and he said he expected “good results” from talks planned for next week in Washington.
Trump said on Thursday that if Mexico does not stop the flow of illegal immigration, mainly from Central America, across the U.S.-Mexican border, he will apply tariffs on June 10.
The tariffs will start at 5 percent and rise 5 percent each month to an eventual 25 percent in October.
At a news conference in Mexico’s Gulf port of Veracruz, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Mexico might be prepared to step up migration containment measures to reach an agreement with the United States, according to Reuters.
A delegation from Mexico headed by Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard will be discussing the conflict with U.S. representatives in Washington on Wednesday, and López Obrador said he was expecting good results from the discussions and an agreement to arise.
“The main thing is to inform about what we’re already doing on the migration issue, and if it’s necessary to reinforce these measures without violating human rights, we could be prepared to reach that deal,” López Obrador said.
The Mexican president intended to prevent conflict in a government letter written to Trump on Thursday after his announcement, but stated that his nation is already doing all it can about immigration.
President Trump said on Friday, “The Tariffs on Mexico are about stopping drugs as well as illegals from crossing our border. Time for Mexico to do their part and help STOP this crisis!”
Mexico’s economy relies heavily on exports to the United States and shrank in the first quarter. Under Trump’s plan, U.S. tariffs on Mexico could rise as high as 25 percent this year.
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