In an attempt to keep the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) alive, senior officials say the Mexican government may negotiate immigration and border security policies with President-elect Donald Trump when he takes office in January.
Donald Trump has stated many times that NAFTA is the “worst trade deal in history” and that he plans to dismantle this agreement due to the large amount of jobs and businesses the U.S. has lost to Mexico.
Mexico knows that if Trump throws this deal out, the consequences for their economy could be catastrophic.
The following report gives some insight on how Donald Trump may “build a wall on the southern border, and make Mexico pay for it.”
To defuse Trump’s threats to disrupt trade and investment, policymakers say Mexico aims to strike a balance between hearing out his concerns over illegal immigration and U.S. jobs, and adopting a firm posture to protect its own economic interests.
Mexico wants security, immigration and management of the U.S.-Mexican border to be on the table alongside trade when it sits down to talk to the Trump administration, a person familiar with the government’s thinking said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
That could translate into Mexico offering to reinforce its northern border to curb drug smuggling and migrants, said one former high-level official familiar with discussions in Mexico.
It might also mean giving the United States a bigger part to play in securing Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala, where many thousands of illegal immigrants from the rest of Latin America pass through every year on their way to the United States, a senior Mexican government official said.
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