Mexican President Lopez Obrador asked President Donald Trump for a meeting just days after finding out about new tariffs on Mexican goods planned to offset the illegal immigration problem, according to BizPac Review.
Obrador came into office saying that he would detain immigrants passing through Mexico, but has not done so. Nearly 100,000 immigrants crossed the border in March and added to an already-overburdened situation there.
Many immigrants are coming through Mexico from Honduras, Guatemala and other Central American countries to get to the U.S.-Mexican border. Many Central Americans seek asylum in the U.S. once they get to the border, but Trump and others have noted that they could seek asylum in Mexico instead.
While tariffs are generally regarded as an anti-capitalist move and work against free trade, Trump has theorized that tariffs are necessary to stop other countries from taking advantage of American generosity and willingness to help other nations. He has imposed or threatened to impose tariffs on Chinese, Canadian and other imported goods in order to get them to back off of existing tariffs on U.S. goods.
It looks like Trump’s Mexico tariff threats may work as well in getting Mexico to step up and take some responsibility for the flood of immigrants coming into the U.S. illegally.
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