U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard to discuss migration and trade, amid heightened bilateral tension ahead of a deadline on a deal that removed tariff threats on Mexican exports.
Under the June agreement with the United States, Mexico averted punitive tariffs on U.S.-bound Mexican shipments threatened by President Donald Trump by promising to stem the flow of illegal migrants from Central America by July 22.
If the United States deems that Mexico has not done enough to thwart migrants, the two countries are due to begin talks over changing rules to make most asylum seekers apply for refuge in Mexico, not the United States.
Mexico has long resisted U.S. pressure to accept the so-called “safe third country” status.
Ebrard said on Friday that Mexico has followed through on its commitment to the United States to reduce migration from Central America, after the number of apprehensions of migrants on the southern U.S. border dropped by roughly a third to about 100,000 in June.
Mexico has deployed some 21,000 militarized National Guard police to stem the flow.