Mexico plans border 'unity' rally

Jeannie Matthews
June 7, 2019

He added Thursday in comments to reporters, "We've told Mexico the tariffs go on, and I mean it, too".

Mexican and US officials met late into the day Tuesday at the White House trying to stave off President Donald Trump's threatened tariffs on all Mexican goods flowing into the United States.

Without a deal, the first tariffs - 5% taxes on imports from Mexico, eventually increasing to 25% - are to go into effect next Monday, and Trump has said that is "more likely" than not to occur despite the stiff and vocal opposition from many fellow Republicans.

Mr Trump has faced significant resistance within his own Republican Party over the threatened tariffs, with many lawmakers concerned about the potential impact on cross-border trade and on United States businesses and consumers.

Mexican officials, meanwhile, appear to have ramped up efforts to halt the flow of Central American migrants crossing the border to the United States, with Mexican soldiers, armed police and migration officials blocking migrants here along its own southern border with Guatemala.

The U.S. Border Patrol's apprehensions of migrants at the border hit the highest level in more than a decade in May: 132,887 apprehensions, including a record 84,542 adults and children together, 36,838 single adults and 11,507 children traveling alone.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) released a statement on Thursday, saying that his committee will respond if President Donald Trump does not back down from his threat to impose tariffs on Mexico.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence chaired the meeting on Wednesday afternoon with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard to make the case that Mexico needed to do more to stop a surge in Central American migrants crossing the border.

The talks are set to continue today. We're not done yet.

Trump gave indications Thursday that the talks had made progress, but he told reporters that he had not made up his mind.

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With Trump on a trip to Europe until Friday night, a quick agreement in the US-Mexico talks is not anticipated by the US side, however.

"We are committed to enhancing the U.S. -Mexico economic relationship and favor more trade, not tariffs".

Heading into the meeting, which Mexico requested, White House officials had downplayed expectations, saying the USA delegation was willing to listen to Mexico's ideas for meeting Trump's demands, but did not expect a deal to emerge Wednesday.

"We have the opportunity to share our point of view, explain why the Mexican position is regarding this issue", Ebrard said in a news conference.

German bond yields fell to new lows on Thursday and United States treasury yields resumed their fall as the trade tensions doused a rally fueled by hopes for more central bank stimulus ahead of a European Central Bank meeting.

US Vice-President led talks with Mexican delegation.

The tariffs would target USA products from agricultural and industrial states regarded as Trump's electoral base, a tactic China has also used with an eye toward the Republican's re-election bid in the 2020 US presidential election.

It also said a potential deal to avoid the tariffs would allow the United States to deport asylum seekers from Honduras and El Salvador to Guatemala, which they pass through to get to Mexico and then the United States. The president argues there is a "crisis" at the border.

It was unclear whether the hardening of Mexico's response would appease Trump, who is struggling to make good on his key 2016 presidential campaign promise to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border as part of a hard-line immigration stance.

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