Mexico’s top diplomat recognizes crisis at the border

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 Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Ebrard is in Washington to lead a delegation in hopes of staving off President Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on Mexican goods if migration from Central America doesn’t diminish.

{mosads}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.

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