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Mexico Refuses Suggestions Of It Being An Asylum To Central American Migrants

Mexico Refuses Suggestions Of It Being An Asylum To Central American Migrants
The idea that could be proposed by the United States with its talks with Mexico about the later providing asylum to immigrants from Central America would be rejected by Mexico even as it faced threats of import tariffs on all of its goods into the US by US president Donald Trump last month over the issue of illegal migration issues from Mexico into the US.
In his efforts to try and pressurize the Mexican authorities to take firm steps to curb flow of illegal immigrants, mostly from Central American countries, last week, Trump issued the tariff warning which is set to start from June 10 – initially at the rate of 5 per cent and then going up 5 per cent every n=month till it reaches 25 per cent in October.
The tariff threat cluttered global markets which were already facing consequences of global economic slowdown because of the ongoing US-China trade war. And amid increasing concerns about a drop in demand because of the US-China and a possible US-Mexico trade war,  there was a drop in the price of oil.
Mexico is committed to take more measures to try and ensure that illegal immigrants from Central America does not percolate into the US through its the southern border, said the country’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.
He however dismissed a more wide reaching option being proposed by some U.S. officials of designating Mexico to be a "safe third country", thereby forcing the migrants from Central American countries to choose Mexico to be their Choice of asylum country instead of the US.
"An agreement about a safe third country would not be acceptable for Mexico," Ebrard told reporters in Washington. "They have not yet proposed it to me. But it would not be acceptable and they know it."
Ebrard is scheduled to hold a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a par of the US Mexico talks. 
The financial markets, that have a growing concern about import tariffs would ultimately impact the US economy through the addition of costs ot a wide range of products in the US, have a close eye on the US Mexico negotiations. 
A $15-million hit from the proposed tariffs has been estimated by U.S.-based Mexican-themed fast food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc and has said that raising the costs of its burrito by 5 cents could cover that hike. 
The tariff plan of Trump has been opposed by U.S. business groups and ways, including legal options, to challenge the tariffs is being looked at by the influential U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
More troops personnel should be deployed by Mexico along a remote, jungly stretch of border with Guatemala to prevent illegal immigration, said US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Sunday. Its own immigration screening should be bolstered by the Mexicao along that same border, McAleenan also said.
According to US officials, Border Patrol officials are overwhelmed because about more than 100,000 mostly Central American migrants had arrived at the Mexico-US border in April even while they have taken about 80,000 in custody and are holding them.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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