The United States warned Friday that President Donald Trump's punitive tariffs on imports from Mexico were on course to take effect next week, despite headway in talks on stemming the surge in migration towards the USA border.
Amid the negotiations, some Republican lawmakers have continued to express concern about the impact of tariffs on all goods that cross into the USA from Mexico, a move that could ultimately lead to higher prices for United States consumers and hurt U.S. businesses as well as the Mexican economy.
This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed. Pence also said progress had been made in the talks but gave no specifics.
"You should anticipate that happening today", Short told reporters, adding that, "if negotiations continue to go well", Trump "can turn that off at some point over the weekend". We'll see what happens, but something pretty dramatic could happen.
"Our position has not changed, and we are still moving forward with tariffs at this time", Sanders said, according to The Hill.
"I'm optimistic that we can reach a deal".
Mexico surprised US officials Thursday by saying they would commit to Pence's requests.
The tariffs would begin next Monday and would gradually rise to 25 per cent by October if there was no deal, Mr Trump said.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told reporters the Mexican government had offered to send 6,000 members of the National Guard to secure its southern border with Guatemala.
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I reviewed what some specialists said about corruption but in the way it was going to be forever in Mexico and it was not going to be solved in the short term.
Under such a plan, the United States would swiftly deport to Mexico Guatemalan asylum seekers who set foot on US soil.
In May, U.S. border agents detained roughly 144,000 people trying to enter the country without authorization - nearly three times the figure from the same month one year ago. "They should be saying, we're with the president, we'll do whatever he wants to do, and Mexico would fold like an umbrella", Trump said in the taped interview with Laura Ingraham. "Mexico must do much more to end this crisis on our border", he said.
Trump could consider declaring a new national emergency in order to be able impose tariffs on Mexico.
Trump has intended the tariffs to squeeze Mexico's economy until it gives in to his demands on illegal migration.
Lucas is pushing for congressional approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which the administration negotiated as a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement.
But in the U.S. capital, negotiators holding a second day of talks were still trying to find agreement on issues including asylum application procedures and financial aid to the Central American countries that are the source of most of the migrants.
The asylum modifications are likely to face challenges in USA courts, but legal efforts have yet to stop the Trump administration from sending thousands of Central Americans to Mexico to await their asylum hearings outside US territory. The officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Underscoring the scope of the border problem, the Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday that U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions of migrants illegally crossing the border hit the highest level in more than a decade in May: 132,887 apprehensions, including a record 84,542 adults and children travelling together and 11,507 children travelling alone.