Mexico, Jun 7 (GCCurrentAffairs) Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard confirmed reports suggesting that the country would deploy thousands of National Guard members to its southern border in a bid to contain the flow of migrants seeking to cross into the United States through the Mexican border.
US media reported earlier this week that officials were discussing a plan to dispatch up to 6,000 troops to the southern border with Guatemala to contain the flow of Central American migrants in order to avoid escalating US tariffs.
“The National Guard is tasked with providing regional coordination. It is the southern border and we have explained that 6,000 people will be deployed to the area,” Ebrard told reporters on Thursday.
Last week, US President Donald Trump said Washington would impose a 5 per cent tariff on all goods imported from Mexico beginning on June 10, adding that the duties would go up to 25 per cent by October unless the US southern neighbor alleviated the illegal immigration crisis.
The countries are currently engaged in talks on dealing with the crisis.