Vice President Mike Pence will evaluate this Tuesday with Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard the development of the agreement signed with Mexico to reduce illegal immigration, agreed 90 days ago.
“Ninety days ago, Mexico agreed to intensify its efforts to stop illegal immigration to the United States. We look forward to meeting tomorrow with Mexican government officials to discuss their recent efforts and discuss ways we can continue to secure the border,” Pence said in his Twitter account.
“There’s still more work to be done,” he warned.
The meeting comes after Ebrard assured last Friday that Mexico has reduced by 56% the flow of migrants to the United States since the agreement was signed in June thanks to a “successful strategy,” so he is not expecting Washington to impose tariffs.
When updating the results of the strategy implemented following the June 7 agreement with the government to avoid levies on all Mexican products, Ebrard indicated that the region that has the largest decline, of more than 70%, is Tijuana and Mexicali, in the border state of Baja California.
In second place is Ciudad Juarez, in Chihuahua, and finally the state of Tamaulipas.
Until now there was no confirmation by the government of President Donald Trump regarding tomorrow’s meeting at the White House, but Ebrard had informed that he would travel to the country’s capital with other members of the administration of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
Regarding the expectations of the meeting, the Mexican Chancellor said last Friday that “Mexico is proving that the strategy they propose is successful, that it should not be changed, so it is not expected that there will be a tariff threat”.
This past June, the U.S. and Mexico reached an immigration pact that led Trump to indefinitely suspend its plan to impose taxes on all Mexican imports, which was to come into effect in the second week of that month.
That pact implies that the U.S. returns to Mexico all undocumented immigrants who arrive at its border and apply for asylum, a group that makes up the bulk of the current migration wave, while they wait for their petitions to be resolved in the country’s immigration courts.