Mexico to ramp up southern border infrastructure to tackle migration

The writer is a former caretaker finance minister and has served as vice-president of the World Bank

The writer is a former caretaker finance minister and has served as vice-president of the World Bank

And before leaving for the D-Day Ceremony in Normandy recently, US President Donald Trump made another fresh threat that he could go for tariffs on another $300 billion of Chinese goods at the right time, which means he might slap tariffs on virtually every Chinese export.

Mexican officials say they are beginning deployment of 6,000 National Guard troops for immigration enforcement, an accelerated commitment made as part of an agreement with the United States last week to head off threatened USA tariffs on imports from Mexico.

Trump resumed his pressure on Mexico in a series of tweets, three days after granting a reprieve from tariffs that could have spelled disaster for the country's economy - his strategy to get the Mexican government to do more to stop the surge of Central Americans arriving at the United States border. Last March, China passed a new Foreign Investment law at the National People's Congress in efforts to attract foreign investors, while the trade conflict with the U.S. has sparked its economic downturn.

On Monday, Trump wrote on Twitter that despite promises from the Mexican government, "if for any reason the approval" from the Mexican government "is not forthcoming, Tariffs will be reinstated".

Other details included a reference to "45 days" - the amount of time for Mexico to show it can reduce the flow of migrants across the border with the United States before other Latin American countries got involved in processing asylum claims.

President Trump again claimed to have a "secret" deal with Mexico on Tuesday-and while he declined to provide details for reporters at the White House, he helpfully displayed a piece of paper that he said was part of the agreement.

It has also agreed to support the expansion of the scheme that returns asylum seekers already in the United States to Mexico to await the processing of their claims. "If they are abandoned, if we turn our backs on them, if the worldwide financial agencies do not cooperate and there is no support for the development of poor countries, then the immigration phenomenon can not be dealt with", Lopez Obrador said.

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable discussion on immigration and border security at the U.S. Border Patrol Calexico Station before visiting the U.S. -Mexico border in Calexico, California, U.S., April 5, 2019. In January, the Trump administration began sending thousands of migrants back to Mexico to wait there instead. You haven't told me.

"But we purposely said we wouldn't mention it for a little while". "Mexico is doing a great job at the border, really helping us", he said Tuesday. This is important to both countries.

Markets breathed a sigh of relief over the deal struck on Friday.

He continued to hammer the point that until recently there was no arrangement with Mexico.

"Mexico took the President's tariff threat very seriously and they're starting to take enforcement of their southern border seriously".

Mexico and the United States might consider additional steps next month to restrict illegal immigration from Central America, including measures to bind Brazil and Panama into their efforts, Mexico's foreign minister said on Monday.

Ebrard said there would need to be provisional installations built before rolling out a broader plan to cope with the flow of migrants arriving from Central America. "Mexico has already deported thousands, but along with plans for a new national guard presence, wants to maintain deal to avoid USA tariffs".

When he was asked about the portion of the agreement that hasn't been announced yet, the president told reporters on June 10 that "we have an agreement on something that they will announce very soon".

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