Mexico tariffs could create 'logistical nightmare' if they start Monday

Mexico tariffs could create 'logistical nightmare' if they start Monday

Mexico's talks with the U.S. about mmigration are set to continue on Friday.

Pence said Thursday the USA had been "encouraged" by Mexico's latest proposals, but that it would be "for the president to decide" whether Mexico was doing enough to head off the tariffs.

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In response to the report, the White House said its position on the Monday deadline had not changed.

US President Donald Trump said talks with Mexico have so far made progress but more was needed, as he aims to impose tariffs on the southern neighbour next week if more is not done to curb immigration flows.


Speaking at his regular morning news conference, Lopez Obrador said he was confident the two sides would reach a deal, and repeated that Mexico would act prudently in talks with senior officials from the USA government.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (L) shakes hands with Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Richard Neal, prior to testifying on "The President's FY2020 Budget Proposal" before the House Ways and Means Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on March 14, 2019.

The results of the talks on Thursday are to be evaluated and President Donald Trump presented, which must ultimately make the decision.

In an interview that aired late Thursday with Fox News from France where he is attending D-Day commemorations, Trump defended his tariff plan as "a attractive thing" and complained about "this onslaught, this invasion" of undocumented migrants.

Alberto Ramos, economist at Goldman Sachs, said in a note to clients that the bank saw a 70 percent probability of the initial 5 percent tariff being applied and said it was "a close call but slightly more likely than not that the tariff rate on all goods steps up to 10 percent on July 1".


With such a plan in place, the United States could send Guatemala asylum-seekers to Mexico, and those from Honduras and El Salvador to Guatemala.

If he decides to up the ante and slap tariffs on all imports from China and Mexico, the situation could get much worse. Asylum claims, which are a legal form of entering the country, have surged recently but Trump has denounced them as a hoax.

"We believe that these tariffs may not have to go into effect precisely because we have the Mexicans' attention", Mr Navarro said. A senior administration official said the USA once again pressed Mexico to step up enforcement on its southern border and to enter into a "safe third country agreement" that would make it hard for those who enter Mexico from other countries to claim asylum in the U.S. Migrant rights activists travelling with the group told AFP more than 100 members of Mexico's newly created National Guard took part in the operation.

"We have explained that there are 6,000 men and they will be deployed there", Foreign Minister Marcelo ebrard tolld repoters on Thursday according to Reuters. The minister had said previously in the day that there were unspecified "advances" after meeting with US counterparts at the State Department. Trump wants to do away with NAFTA - the new U.S. -Mexico-Canada deal had been heading toward a vote in Congress but could be jeopardized by the tariffs - and he has shelved the Obama-era proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership with more than a dozen nations. State and local police provided a security escort to the migrants as they walked along a highway leading from the border to the first major city in Mexico, Tapachula.


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