Speaking on Wednesday, Mexican officials, including Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, announced the deployment of a reported 6,000 troops to the border with Guatemala.
“Starting from today, and in the coming days, the deployment is going to progress rapidly,” explained Ebrard, acknowledging that Mexico has agreed to comply with a 45-day timeline.
“A lot of things have to happen in 45 days,” said Ebrard. “We are going to do what we said we are going to do,” in regards to Mexico’s vow to halt the massive numbers of Central American migrants entering the US via the porous border.
The move comes following President Trump’s threat to impose a 5% tax on Mexican goods, should officials fail to address the growing number of illegal aliens entering the United States.
From The Epoch Times:
Mexican officials said that the deployment of National Guard Forces to its southern border it shares with Guatemala will begin on June 12 and is expected to advance quickly.
“Starting from today, and in the coming days, the deployment is going to progress rapidly,” Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said during a news conference on June 12 with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
The deployment of troops is part of a deal between Mexico and the United States, reached on June 7, to stem the flow of illegal immigrants coming into America.
Trump warned on May 30 that he will impose a 5 percent important tariff on all goods coming from Mexico if the country does not take action to tackle the influx of illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Mexico subsequently sent a delegation, led by Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, to Washington to seek “an agreement for the benefit of the two nations.”
After three days of negotiations, the United States and Mexico reached an agreement that would see an expanded implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), commonly known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy and increased security at the southern border. The implementation of the tariffs against Mexico was subsequently averted.
Ebrard explained that Mexico agreed to a 45-day timeline to demonstrate that its increased enforcement was effective.
“A lot of things have to happen in 45 days,” Ebrard said. “We are going to do what we said we are going to do.”
The foreign minister also said that Mexico had established a working group with a number of Central American countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador to coordinate efforts in ebbing the flow of illegal immigration.
He added that Mexico will again meet with U.S. officials to discuss further details of the new deal with the aim to ensure faster asylum proceedings.