Mexico's top diplomat recognizes crisis at the border

Mexico's top diplomat recognizes crisis at the border
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The Mexican secretary of Foreign Affairs said it agreed with the United States that Central American migration is growing "too much" and that negotiations will continue.

"Today the numbers report was published, and indeed the flows are growing too much, so they can't be maintained as they are," Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard told reporters after meeting with Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceShort defends Trump's tweets as a 'very effective way' to communicate with Americans Trump's 'two steps forward, one step backward' strategy with China The state of the Democratic primary: Heading to a brokered convention?   MORE and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo promotes economic ties, takes aim at corruption in Africa visit Russian foreign minister says he sensed 'more constructive' approach after meeting with Pompeo Donald Trump: Unrepentant, on the attack and still playing the victim MORE.

Ebrard is in Washington to lead a delegation in hopes of staving off President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press MORE's threat to impose tariffs on Mexican goods if migration from Central America doesn't diminish.


Customs and Border Protection Wednesday published its southwest border numbers for May, showing a 33.8 percent increase in apprehensions from April.

Ebrard said the tariffs themselves were not discussed and the conversation centered on migration policy.

Shortly after the meetings, which also included Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan and the Mexican secretaries of commerce and agriculture, President Trump tweeted that "Progress is being made, but not nearly enough!"

"Further talks with Mexico will resume tomorrow with the understanding that, if no agreement is reached, Tariffs at the 5% level will begin on Monday, with monthly increases as per schedule," added Trump.

Mexico recently became the United States' top trading partner partly due to tariffs imposed on China by the Trump administration.

Ebrard said the main point of contention is that Mexico is seeking long-term development-based solutions to Central American migration, and the United States wants to see immediate results.

"In brief, we had a cordial meeting, each side defended its points of view firmly and with arguments," said Ebrard.

But Ebrard said both sides recognized the need to quell the sharp increase in Central American outward migration.

"Both sides recognize that the current situation cannot be maintained as it is," he said.