Left Menu
Development News Edition

WRAPUP 1-Mexico says other Latam countries could share burden of tackling migration to U.S.

Reuters | Updated: 10-06-2019 22:09 IST | Created: 10-06-2019 22:03 IST
WRAPUP 1-Mexico says other Latam countries could share burden of tackling migration to U.S.
Image Credit: Twitter

Mexico and the United States might consider additional steps next month to restrict illegal immigration from Central America, including measures to bind Brazil and Panama into efforts to combat the issue, Mexico's foreign minister said on Monday.

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said the measures could be needed if a deal announced last week between Washington and Mexico fails to reduce within 45 days the numbers of migrants entering Mexico, mainly from Central America, on their way to the U.S. border. The deal averted import tariffs on all Mexican goods that President Donald Trump had threatened to impose unless Mexico committed to do more to fight illegal immigration into the United States.

Under the agreement, Mexico will rapidly expand a program under which migrants applying for asylum in the United States wait out the process in Mexico. It has also pledged to reinforce its southern border with Guatemala with 6,000 members of its National Guard militarized police force, along with other measures. Stock markets around the world rose on Monday while U.S. Treasury prices fell after the United States shelved the tariff plan, easing worries about the impact of another trade war on the global economy.

But Trump on Monday said he would go ahead with the proposed tariffs if Mexico's Congress did not approve an as-yet-undisclosed part of the deal long sought by the United States. "We do not anticipate a problem with the vote but, if for any reason the approval is not forthcoming, tariffs will be reinstated," he wrote on Twitter.

Ebrard said Trump was referring to possible further measures to pressure countries other than the United States to have them share the burden. U.S. border officers apprehended more than 132,000 people crossing from Mexico in May, the highest monthly level since 2006. Trump, who has called the surge in migrants an "invasion," had threatened to keep raising duties up to 25% unless Mexico did more to curb it.

Many of the migrants are families trying to escape poverty and violent crime in Central America, one of the most impoverished areas in the Western Hemisphere. Ebrard said other Latin American countries also needed to share the burden of stopping large groups of migrants heading northward.

"If the measures we are proposing are not successful, we have to discuss with the United States and with other countries, like Guatemala, Panama and Brazil," he said. "It is a regional system." "If we have to participate in a regional model like the one I have just described, we would have to present that to Congress," Ebrard said.

Asylum seekers from El Salvador and Honduras first pass through Guatemala when fleeing their homes, while Cubans and Haitians often fly first to Panama before heading to the United States through Mexico. Migrants from African countries regularly fly to Brazil before making the arduous journey north. Mexico and the United States agreed last week to keep talking about further possible measures to address the crisis and would make announcements after 90 days.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

5G will be the key driving force for COVID-19 recovery: Here's how?

... ...

Canada’s COVID-19 pitfalls highlight need for integrated health information system

In the globalized world of today where outbreaks can spread far and wide within a matter of days, a global-level integrated health information system is ideal but Canadas provincial barriers show that the country lags much behind in deployi...

Pandemic must be impetus, not obstacle, for clean water access

To make matters worse, there are suspicions that the inadequacy of wastewater treatment methods in California, the rest of the USA, and indeed around the world may help to propagate the disease even more widely. ...

3D printing and the future of manufacturing post COVID-19

The on-demand, customizable, and localized manufacturing of product components facilitated by 3D printing has the potential to redefine manufacturing but there are certain technical, mechanical, and legal limitations that, unless ...

Videos

Latest News

NHL roundup: Bruins nip Hurricanes in 2nd OT

Patrice Bergeron scored 113 into the second overtime as the Boston Bruins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Wednesday in the first game of their Eastern Conference first-round series in Toronto -- a contest delayed a day by one of the...

Marlins survive seven Toronto homers in 10-inning victory

Magneuris Sierra blooped a two-run single in the 10th inning and the Miami Marlins defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 14-11 Wednesday night after blowing an 8-0 lead at Buffalo. With Eddy Alvarez placed at second to start the 10th, Jon Berti bu...

Tata Power shares rally 7 pc after June quarter results

Shares of Tata Power on Thursday jumped nearly 7 per cent after the company said its consolidated net profit rose by 10 per cent for quarter ended June. The stock gained 6.89 per cent to Rs 56.60 on the BSE.On the NSE, it jumped 5.57 per ce...

Rugby-Hurricanes, Highlanders still planning on playing despite COVID outbreak

The Wellington Hurricanes and Otago Highlanders are continuing to prepare for their final Super Rugby Aotearoa match at the weekend amid concerns it might not go ahead as New Zealand grapples with a new outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Th...

Give Feedback