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Agreement helps Mexico avoids tariffs

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 6/08/19, 09:54 am

President Donald Trump said late Friday he would not impose tariffs on Mexico, which agreed to take “strong measures” to reduce the flow of Central American migrants into the United States. Trump had threatened to levy a 5 percent tariff that could increase over time to 25 percent on all goods from Mexico. After several days of negotiations, the countries agreed to expand a program that returns asylum-seekers in the United States to Mexico while their claims are under review, the U.S. State Department said. Mexico will “offer jobs, healthcare, and education” to those people, according to the agreement. The State Department also said Mexico will send troops to its southern border with Guatemala to combat illegal immigration there and work to dismantle human smuggling and trafficking organizations.

“Mexico will try very hard, and if they do that, this will be a very successful agreement for both the United States and Mexico!” Trump tweeted Saturday. He also said Mexico had agreed to buy large amounts of “agricultural product” from U.S. farmers.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • CM
    Posted: Sun, 06/09/2019 12:26 am

    This seems like a reasonable approach to a complex question.  Many of us question Trump's methods, but there is no question that he has gotten some results where "more diplomatic" approaches have failed.  

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 06/10/2019 07:08 pm

    Absolutely true.  If another nation uses unfair trade practices, or commits hostile acts at your border, or lies to your face, the professional diplomats and progressive politicians seem to feel one must pretend it didn’t happen or issue only the most mild-mannered statement, never a rebuke and never in strong terms. 

    If only the “progressives” would treat their opponents here at home (us!) with such politeness. 

  • Laura W
    Posted: Tue, 06/11/2019 05:25 am

    So what exactly does buying "agricultural product" have to do with reducing illegal immigration?