Mexico reportedly pledged to deploy up to 6,000 National Guard troops to the country’s border with Guatemala in a bid to avoid the US tariffs on Mexican goods that US President Trump vowed to impose earlier, APA reports citing The Washington Post.
Mexican officials reportedly said that a show of force would reduce the number of Central Americans heading north toward the US border, according to The Post.
Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said earlier he remained optimistic about the ongoing talks with the United States on trade tariffs related to the migration crisis on the US-Mexican border.
The top diplomat acknowledged that the number of migrants crossing into the United States from Mexico had recently increased, saying that the United States focused on short-term solutions to the crisis, while the situation required a long-term solution.
Last week, Trump said Washington would impose a 5 percent tariff on all goods imported from Mexico beginning on 10 June, adding that the duties would go up to 25 percent by October unless the US southern neighbor alleviated the illegal immigration crisis. Mexico has vowed to provide an energetic response to the US move.
Last fall, caravans of migrants from Central American countries began to move through Mexico toward the United States seeking asylum. Trump called the surge of arrivals a crisis and declared a national emergency in February to secure funds to build a wall on the border with Mexico.