President Trump was largely criticized from both sides of the aisle over his threat to Mexico of imposing tariffs on imported goods. The plan was to impose a 5% tariff that would then increase an addition 5% and cap at 25%.
Ultimately, Mexico caved in to the President’s demands, announcing that they would become much more involved in actively working to curtail illegal immigration from Mexico to the United States.
So, over the weekend, Mexico informed that they had detained nearly 800 illegal immigrants that were attempting to leave the country in four trucks. Specifically, 791 illegal immigrants were intercepted in Eastern Mexico.
In a statement provided by Mexico’s National Migration Institute, they explained that 791 illegal immigrants were detained after they were discovered in trucks that were stopped in the eastern state of Veracruz.
This comes after the United States announced that it had doubled the number of asylum seekers that it is sending back each day from El Paso, Texas.
In addition, Luis Carlos Cano, a spokesman for Mexico’s national immigration agency in Ciudad Juarez, explained that starting on June 13th around 200 asylum seekers per day were being sent back to Mexico from the 100 that were previously being returned.
A program called “Remain in Mexico” that was reached in a deal on June 7th has asylum seekers awaiting their outcome of their U.S. asylum claims in Mexico.
The President has maintained a hard-line stance when it comes to illegal immigration, and this has caused some tension between both countries.
In turn, lawmakers and voters have battled over whether or not the United States should have open borders, but the President maintains that Mexico has to do something about the issue in order to ensure that all immigrants are treated fairly.
The issue has also become a priority in the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election dialogue, and the Democratic candidates will surely comment on the matter when they take the stage for a two-night debate event on June 26th and June 27th.