Mexico and the United States have agreed on a deal to boost border security between the two countries. The deal, which was announced last Friday after three days of negotiation, averts US President Donald Trump’s threat of slapping a tax on all goods that are imported into the US from Mexico. The tariffs were to start at five per cent, and rise to 25 per cent by October.
Under the deal, Mexico have agreed to increase security on its southern border and expand its policy of taking back asylum seekers as the US processes their claims.
On Monday, however, Trump renewed his threat to impose tariffs on Mexico as controversy erupted over what exactly is in the countries’ new migration deal. In a series of statements and tweets, Trump alluded to still-secret provisions in the deal that he said would need approval by the Mexican Congress.
“If for any reason the approval is not forthcoming, Tariffs will be reinstated!” he tweeted.
Trump pushed for a physical border in an effort to stem the flow of illegal immigrants from Mexico into the US since he declared his intent to run for US presidency in 2015.
Less than a week after taking the oath of office in 2017, Trump moved to turn his promise of a border wall into a reality by signing an executive order calling for “the immediate construction of a physical wall”. At the end of 2018, Trump triggered a 35-day partial US government shutdown because he did not get the US$5.7 billion he had wanted from the US Congress for a border wall.