Thursday 19 September 2019

Mexico 'shutting door on migrants to the US'

US President Donald Trump had been threatening to impose 5pc import tariffs on all Mexican goods if Mexico did not commit to do more to tighten its borders. Photo: Reuters/Joshua Roberts
US President Donald Trump had been threatening to impose 5pc import tariffs on all Mexican goods if Mexico did not commit to do more to tighten its borders. Photo: Reuters/Joshua Roberts

Stefanie Eschenbacher

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said yesterday that the country's immigration plan had reduced the flow of undocumented migrants crossing the country toward the US border by 56pc between May and August.

Speaking at a regular government news conference alongside President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mr Ebrard said Mexico would keep investing in social programmes in the south as well as in countries of origin Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

"This reduction of 56pc in the flow of migrants is a result of diverse measures that the government has taken, in compliance with the Mexican migration law," he said, adding that there had been only seven official complaints about human rights violations.

Mr Ebrard said he would travel to Washington to discuss the progress of the programme on Monday.

In June, Mexico and the US struck a deal to avert a tariff war, with Mexico agreeing to rapidly expand an asylum programme and deploy security forces to curb illegal immigration from Central America.

US President Donald Trump had been threatening to impose 5pc import tariffs on all Mexican goods if Mexico did not commit to do more to tighten its borders and stop the flow of undocumented migrants seeking to cross into the US.

Irish Independent

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