Last week, President Trump tweeted a threat to Mexico, putting them on notice that effective June 10th, “the United States will impose a 5% tariff on goods coming into our country from Mexico,” he continued, “until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP. The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied,.. (he followed up with another tweet) ….at which time the Tariffs will be removed. Details from the White House to follow.”

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The president was highly criticized by the Democrats, their allies in the media, and even a few Republicans for his threat to Mexico, one of our most important trading partners. The markets, who usually underestimate the President’s ability to negotiate tough deals, also reacted negatively to Trump’s tweet. President Trump, who continues to see a Democrat Party majority House block his efforts to secure our borders, turned to Mexico, demanding they stop the flow of migrants bombarding our borders.

President Trump has repeatedly claimed Mexico has some of the most restrictive immigration laws in the world and has blasted them for allowing migrants from all over the world to freely cross their borders into the United States. He’s demanding that Mexico does a better job of policing their borders.

The day after Trump’s tweet threatening new tariffs on Mexico, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador responded in a public letter late Thursday, telling Trump that “social problems are not solved with duties or coercive measures” and alluded to the United States’ history as a nation of immigrants. “The Statue of Liberty is not an empty symbol,” he wrote. He also said he was dispatching his foreign relations secretary to Washington on Friday to try to negotiate a solution.

What a difference a few days make—President Trump’s tariff threat appears to have worked. The Mexican president suddenly appears to be changing his tune on controlling the massive flow of immigrants on his side of the border.

According to Reuters – Mexico’s president on Saturday hinted his country could tighten migration controls to defuse U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on Mexican goods, and said he expected “good results” from talks planned in Washington next week.

In a news conference in the Gulf of Mexico port of Veracruz, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Mexico could be ready to step up measures to contain a recent surge in migration in order to reach a deal with the United States.

A major Mexican delegation led by Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard will discuss the dispute with U.S. officials in Washington on Wednesday, and Lopez Obrador said he expected “good results” from the talks, and for a deal to emerge.

“The main thing is to inform about what we’re already doing on the migration issue, and if it’s necessary to reinforce these measures without violating human rights, we could be prepared to reach that deal,” Lopez Obrador said.

His comments follow those of Jesus Seade, deputy foreign minister for North America, who told Reuters on Friday that Mexico wanted to sharpen existing measures to curb the flow of Central Americans trying to reach U.S. soil.

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