Published: Sun, June 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Mexico holds off Trump's fire, but seen vulnerable to new pressure

Mexico holds off Trump's fire, but seen vulnerable to new pressure

US President Donald Trump said on Friday night that his country has reached a signed agreement with Mexico to avert the threat of tariffs on all Mexican imports next week.

He also warned that Trump retained the authority to impose tariffs if Mexico failed to enforce the new agreement.

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Mexico has already helped the United States crack down on asylum seekers in recent months, increasing the number of migrants rounded up and deported to Central American countries, as well as allowing refugee claimants to stay in Mexico while their cases work their way through the USA system.

"It originates in the poverty and insecurity in the Central American countries and in the marginalized regions of Mexico [.] The most effective and humane way to stop migration is to combat the lack of opportunities and poverty, so that migration is optional and not forced", Lopez Obrador concluded, cited by the Desert Sun media outlet.

The proposal had also bred concern for the future of the U.S. -Mexico- Canada Agreement, a trade deal that would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Global markets have been roiled in recent months by the Trump administration's aggressive use of tariffs to assert U.S. economic power, fanning concern about the stability of multilateral institutions that grew up after World War II.

He was in "absolutely no doubt" that the WTO would have found in favor of Mexico if López Obrador had asked it to arbitrate the dispute with Trump, a process he said would have taken around two years.

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The U.S. -Mexico Joint Declaration released Friday mentions nothing about agriculture sales as part of the agreement.

"With just days to go until the Trump administration is set to impose punishing tariffs on Mexico unless the country halts the unprecedented flow of illegal immigrants across the southern border, numerous signs that Mexico would capitulate emerged Thursday - but it remained unclear Friday morning whether their efforts would satisfy the White House", reports Fox News.

Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard shared details of the deal Friday.

But Trump warned that if an agreement cannot be reached in crunch talks between USA and Mexican officials in Washington, that the five-percent tariffs will go into place on Monday - a move which could clobber Mexico's economy.

Trump, who ran for president pushing a tough line on immigration that included denouncing undocumented Mexicans as rapists, had vowed to raise tariffs as high as 25pc unless Mexico - which exports $350 billion in goods each year to the U.S. - takes further action against migrants.

Donald Trump made the announcement only hours after returning from Europe.

Republican senators had expressed opposition to the use of tariffs to address this issue, and there was a potential fight brewing between Congress and the president over the tariffs if it came to a vote.

"Mexico would have had to change its migration policy for its own reasons due to national security", he said, arguing that current numbers are unmanageable.

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