Trump says Mexico halting migrant flow may be NAFTA condition

Freeland is in Washington for intensive NAFTA talks

Trump says Mexico halting migrant flow may be NAFTA condition

President Donald Trump renewed a threat Monday to make tighter control of the southern border a condition of the sweeping trade deal that his administration is renegotiating with Mexico and Canada, saying, "our Country can not accept what is happening".

The president voiced similar concerns earlier this month, claiming that Mexico was doing very little to stop the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs into the United States and suggesting that he could use NAFTA as leverage on those issues.

Mexico should make efforts to stop people from illegally entering the United States through its territory, President Donald Trump said.

But Videgaray rejected linking immigration with NAFTA.

We may make it a condition for the new NAFTA Agreement, the USA president wrote on his Twitter account.

Mexico considers unacceptable to condition the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on migratory actions outside the framework of cooperation with the United States, Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said today.

And he said he had instructed his homeland security secretary not to allow reported caravans of people traveling from Central America through Mexico to be admitted to the United States.

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Pena Nieto was speaking in Germany, where he opened the world's largest trade fair in Hanover, alongside Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nonetheless, reaching this milestone would mean overcoming major differences on several USA demands.

"In the baseline scenario of the central bank, we have that there will be a version of NAFTA", Mexican Central Bank Governor Alejandro Diaz de Leon told CNBC's Joumanna Bercetche on Saturday.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen promised members of the illegal immigrant caravan still making its way to the US border that they could face criminal charges if they jump the border despite all the warnings.

A Mexican source close to the talks, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a deal was unlikely for Tuesday, adding that "two to three days of work" between negotiators and ministers were still needed.

Traveling together for safety, their numbers were down from a peak of about 1,500 people since they began their journey on Mexico's southern border with Guatemala nearly a month ago, as smaller groups broke away.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement he had directed officials to beef up the numbers of prosecutors and immigration judges at the border to deal with any increased workload from the caravan.

The reports say that a several dozen members of the caravan have reached the border in Tijuana, Mexico.

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