Mexico’s Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, said on Friday September 6th, that his country had reduced the flow of undocumented migrants to the U S by 56% since May, aiming to avoid the threat of tariffs under a deal the two countries are set to review next week, AFP reported.
"I do not think there will be a threat of tariffs because there is a 56% reduction," said foreign minister Ebrard, who is due to travel to Washington next week to review that agreement with the Trump administration.
Ebrard reaffirmed Mexico's refusal to become a so-called safe third country, which Trump has pressed for. It would have to agree, under such an arrangement, to take in migrants entering Mexico on their way to the US to request asylum.
"The Mexican strategy is working. We will not agree to be a safe third country ... because it goes against our interests," the minister said. "It is unfair to our country."
During a meeting on Monday September 9th with the US’s Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, Ebrard will stress that the way to fight undocumented migration from Central America is to decrease the poverty and violence that are prompting people to leave in the first place.
America's southern neighbour agreed this summer to crack down on migration mainly from poor countries in Central America, under the threat of import tariffs from US President, Donald Trump, who is looking for re-election on a largely anti-immigration platform.