Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard coincided with the US today in which the flow of undocumented persons to that country is “growing too much”, and sought to bring positions in this regard to prevent the entry into force of tariffs of 5% on all imports from Mexico on Monday.
Ebrard met for 90 minutes at the White House with US Vice President Mike Pence and other senior officials of the country in a “cordial” meeting that was closed without agreement, according to President Donald Trump.
“The migratory dialogues in the White House with representatives of Mexico have ended today, there are advances, but not enough!” Trump said in a message on his Twitter account.
The bilateral talks will continue tomorrow in Washington, “with the understanding that, if there is no agreement, tariffs of 5% will begin on Monday, with monthly increases” until reaching 25% in October, the president recalled.
During the meeting at the White House, Pence made it “clear that Mexico has to do more to face the urgent crisis on the southern border,” the vice president explained in another tweet.
The meeting did not focus on tariffs, but rather on the migratory situation on the southern border, Ebrard said at a subsequent press conference.
Both delegations met shortly after the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported that arrests of undocumented immigrants on the southern border totaled 132,887 in May, which is an increase of 30% over April and is the higher figure in a single month since 2006.
“Both parties recognize that the current situation can not be maintained as it is, because there was a report there of numbers and indeed, the flows are growing too much,” Ebrard said at his press conference at the Mexican Embassy in Washington.
The chancellor thus hinted that Mexico could open to reach an agreement with the United States to contain the arrival of undocumented immigrants to that country through its territory, a condition that Trump has imposed so as not to tax Mexican imports.
But Ebrard did not say whether Mexico is willing to comply with any of Washington’s three specific requests to stop tariffs, enumerated today by the White House’s top trade adviser, Peter Navarro.
“They have to commit to staying with all those seeking asylum (in the US),” Navarro said in an interview with CNN.