Mexico and the U.S. explore additional steps to restrict illegal immigration from Central America
Mexico and the United States may explore additional steps next month to restrict illegal immigration from Central America, with the threat of tariffs hanging over Mexico if it does not do enough to satisfy U.S. demands, officials said on Monday.
Marcelo Ebrard, Mexican Foreign Minister, said Brazil, Panama, and Guatemala might need to be brought in to help if a deal unveiled last week to reduce the numbers of U.S.-bound migrants crossing Mexico.
The Trump administration said on Monday that it could still apply tariffs if it judged Mexico hadn`t done enough. The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters it expected to see results within four to six weeks.
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.
Ebrard suggested asylum seekers might have to seek refuge in the first country they reached after leaving their homeland. The governments of Brazil, Panama, and Guatemala did not immediately reply to requests for comment.
Martha Barcena, Mexico’s ambassador to Washington, told CBS News there had been the discussion of reducing the migrant numbers to levels of around 2018.
U.S. stocks were higher on Monday after the deal, easing worries about the impact of another trade war on the global economy.
The Mexican peso rose more than 2% against the dollar.