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Mexico Fears Tariff Hikes if Immigration Deal Fails


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Tue, 11 Jun 2019 02:32 GMT

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday, June 10th, that the United States could still rise tariffs on Mexico if the latter does not show commitment to curb illegal immigration, reported Reuters. 

"If it's the case that we're not making sufficient progress there is risk those tariffs will go back in place," Pompeo told reporters at a briefing. 

The deal struck on Friday averted import tariffs on all Mexican goods, which US President Donald Trump had vowed to impose unless Mexico did more to curb migration.

The Trump administration said it could still apply tariffs if it felt that Mexico had not done enough, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealing it expects to see results within four to six weeks. 

The deal cut between the two nations last week means Mexico will expand a program under which migrants applying for asylum in the United States wait out the process in Mexico. Mexico also pledged to reinforce its southern border with Guatemala with 6,000 members of its National Guard militarized police. 

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