About Time: Tariff Threat Brings Mexican Delegates to D.C. for Talks on Curbing Illegal Immigration

  • With President Trump’s threat of tariffs looming if Mexico doesn’t curb the flow of illegal immigration across the U.S. southern border, a team of senior Mexican delegates met with White House officials to begin talks this week.
  • Last week, Trump announced that he would place a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports beginning June 10 and increase up to 25% if Mexico doesn’t do more to stop illegals from crossing the border.
  • While Mexico has taken on a friendly tone to avoid tariffs, the nation has drawn a line about taking in all Central American asylum-seekers if the idea is brought up.
  • Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said his nation will work to keep illegal immigrants from crossing into the U.S.
  • The threat of tariffs has affected global stock markets as concerns arise that these tariffs could send the U.S. and other countries into recession.
  • Investors will watch the talks closely because the proposed tariffs could affect food, beer, cars, TVs, auto parts and more.
  • U.S. businesses are against the tariffs, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is looking at ways to block the proposed plan.

Reference Links

  • Reuters: Reeling from tariff threat, Mexico begins immigration talks in Washington READ
  • AP: US, Mexico officials to begin talks over tariffs, border READ
  • The Hill: Mexico begins immigration talks amid Trump tariff threat READ

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