Published: Sat, June 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Mexico becomes Trump's wall in bid to avoid United States tariffs

Mexico becomes Trump's wall in bid to avoid United States tariffs

More than 500 migrants from countries such as Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Angola have arrived at the Del Rio border station in Texas since May 30, including a group of 116 people, says the BBC.

Washington is putting pressure on Mexico to change its asylum laws and to serve as a "safe third country", which would allow the USA to deport Guatemalan asylum-seekers to Mexico and send Honduran and Salvadoran asylum-seekers to Guatemala. While the vast majority of the migrants complied with law enforcement directives and boarded buses and immigration agency vehicles, some resisted and were wrestled to the ground by unarmed agents. One young man who collapsed was taken for medical attention. Parents were seen sitting on the pavement holding their children as the wept and begged authorities not to take them.

In recent months Mexico has used raids and roadside checkpoints to discourage highway marches such as the massive migrant caravans that occurred in 2018 and early 2019.

The proposal is to send 6,000 troops, Ebrard said as he ended meetings with US officials on Thursday, confirming earlier reports.

Injured woman, 74, spins wildly at high speed in helicopter rescue basket
A helicopter rescue turned into a terrifying ride for an elderly woman airlifted from an Arizona hiking trail on Tuesday. In the last six years in which rescuers have hoisted people with the basket, the spinning has only occurred twice.

Border agents are not sure what routes African migrants are using to reach the US, but like their Central American counterparts, they appear to understand the loopholes around American immigration laws. The caravans offer migrants a relatively safe way to travel and are far less expensive than hiring smugglers. Trump called the surge of arrivals a crisis and declared a national emergency in February to secure funds to build a wall on the border with Mexico.

The newspaper updated its report later on Wednesday and said security officials rounded up 600 of the migrants in Metapa and then transported them to an immigration office to assess their status. But a devastating drought is also gripping parts of the region and devastating farm families.

The White House is now locked into negotiations with the Mexican government, and Trump has threatened Mexico with escalating tariffs if Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador fails to tackle illegal border crossings.

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