Mexican authorities stop a migrant caravan that had earlier crossed the Mexico - Guatemala border near Metapa, Mexico. File photo/ AP
Mexico says it has complied with a 90-day deadline from the US to reduce the flow of migrants through its territory.
Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard is to give a final report on Mexican government efforts on Friday, three months after threats by US President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on Mexico unless it cracked down on hundreds of thousands of mainly Central American migrants arriving at the US border.
The figures appear to bear out Mexico’s position. The number of migrants detained at the US border has fallen from 133,000 in May to 95,000 in June and 72,000 in July. Mexico has reinforced security on its porous southern border and set up checkpoints on highways leading north, deploying 21,600 police and troops across the nation.Associated Press
The agreement reached in June laid out that if the United States deems that Mexico has not done enough to thwart migrants by the July 22 deadline,
US President Donald Trump, responding to a surge of illegal immigrants across the southern border, vowed on Thursday to impose a tariff on all goods coming from Mexico, starting at 5% and ratcheting much higher until the flow of people ceases.
President Donald Trump on Friday announced a deal to lift US tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada and Mexico that had created friction between the neighbors and blocked a new North American free trade agreement.
The Cabinet approved the cancellation of the decision regarding the validity of residency visas for expatriates, who are in or outside the country and if their visas expired between March 1 and 31, 2020.
The meeting also discussed the successful efforts exerted by the country to fight COVID-19 pandemic and ways to limit its impact and repercussions in all fields.
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