Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with an official delegation from Mexico in Washington D.C. Wednesday. The meeting comes after President Trump threatened the country with tariffs if the government refuses to do more about illegal immigration from Mexico.
Mexico is sending a big delegation to talk about the Border. Problem is, they’ve been “talking” for 25 years. We want action, not talk. They could solve the Border Crisis in one day if they so desired. Otherwise, our companies and jobs are coming back to the USA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2019
People have been saying for years that we should talk to Mexico. The problem is that Mexico is an “abuser” of the United States, taking but never giving. It has been this way for decades. Either they stop the invasion of our Country by Drug Dealers, Cartels, Human Traffickers....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2019
....Coyotes and Illegal Immigrants, which they can do very easily, or our many companies and jobs that have been foolishly allowed to move South of the Border, will be brought back into the United States through taxation (Tariffs). America has had enough!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2019
So far Mexican officials have responded to the situation by claiming tariffs won't do anything to stop illegal immigration and could actually do the opposite. They're looking for a way out.
President Trump isn't buying it.
“As you know Mexico called, they want to meet. They’re going to meet on Wednesday. Secretary Pompeo is going to be at the meeting along with a few others that are very good at this. And we are going to see if we can do something," Trump said during a press conference in London Tuesday. "I think it’s more likely that the tariffs go on. And we’ll probably be talking during the time that the tariffs are on, and they’re going to be paid.”
“Mexico should step up and stop this onslaught, this invasion into our country," he continued. “Mexico shouldn’t allow millions of people to try and enter our country, and they could stop it very quickly. And I think they will. And if they won’t, we’re going to put tariffs on. And every month those tariffs go from 5% to 10% to 15% to 20 and then to 25%. And what will happen then is all of those companies that have left our country and gone to Mexico are going to be coming back to us, and that’s okay."
Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security is expected to released border apprehension numbers from May by the end of the week. So far this year, more than 500,000 people have been detained.