In an attempt to stop the flow of illegal immigration into the United States and avoid tariffs from the Trump administration, Mexico has deployed approximately 15,000 military personnel to its northern border.
We have a total deployment, between the National Guard and army units, of 14,000, almost 15,000 men in the north of the country,Mexico’s Defense Minister
Luis Cresencio Sandoval
After multiple attempts to work with the US Congress in securing our southern border and realizing that Congress has zero interest in doing so, President Trump decided to enlist the help of Mexico. As an incentive, he delicately hinted that if our southern neighbor doesn’t take action to stop the uncontrolled influx of illegals from Central America to the United States, he will put tariffs on all Mexican products exported to the US. Merely speaking, will tax living daylights out of them.
Tariffs don’t work. Really?
Because of the threat of tariffs (which could reach as high as 25%), after few days, which Mexican leaders needed to think about it and our Congress used to scream bloody murder and criticize Mr. Trump for starting another trade war, on June 7, Mexico signed an agreement with the Trump administration. They got 45 days to show significant results in their efforts to counter the surge of migrants from Central America entering the United States.
Fifteen thousand troops deployed to the border is a good start. Future will show how serious the Mexican government is about controlling its northern frontier.
Last month (May 2019), US officials detained 144,000 migrants at the border, up 32 percent from April and 278 percent from May 2018. The total included a record 89,000 families. If they manage to cut these numbers to one third over the next 30 days, I will consider it worthwhile.
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