President Donald Trump has finally started winning over the Mexican government on the immigration crisis with our southern neighbor now announcing that it has cut the number of illegal crossers by 56 percent over previous numbers.
It’s more winning for president Trump on one of his top issues.
On Friday, Mexico’s Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard reported that the number of migrants apprehended at the frontier in August was 63,989 in August, down from 146,266 in May, according to Fox News.
The Mexican government also noted that it has seriously stepped up the number of law enforcement resources used to stop illegal aliens from crossing into Mexico from its own southern border and also deployed to pick up illegals already in the country.
The Mexican government has deployed more than 20,000 police officers and National Guard troops across the country as part of an aggressive campaign meant to deter Central American migrants from passing through its territory en route to the United States. Ebrard said there had been seven formal complaints of human rights violations involving the National Guard, a relatively low number which he saw as another sign of success.
The new efforts in Mexico are part of a 90-day agreement with the U.S. aimed at cleaning up the crisis. The Trump administration used the “stick” of a 5 percent tariff on Mexican goods to goad Mexico into finally acting on the matter.
The Mexican foreign secretary is set to meet with U.S. officials to determine if their actions will satisfy Trump enough to stave off the imposition of the tariffs.
“We’re showing that the strategy that Mexico put forward has been successful,” Ebrard told the media on Friday. “I don’t expect a tariff threat Tuesday because it wouldn’t make sense.”
However, Mexico is still refusing to agree to become the “safe third country” that Trump has asked them to become.
“The Mexican strategy is working,” said Ebrard. “We will not agree to be a safe third country … because it goes against our interests. It is unfair to our country.”
The Trump administration has not yet made any comment on the new numbers from Mexico, but surely it must be happy with the direction our southern neighbors are taking.
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