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Mexico says migration to US down 56 percent since May

Mexico said yesterday it has slashed undocumented migration to the United States by 56 per cent since May, aiming to dodge the threat of tariffs under a deal the two countries are set to review next week.

America’s southern neighbour agreed this summer to crack down on migration mainly from poor countries in Central America under the threat of import tariffs from President Donald Trump, who is seeking re-election on a largely anti-immigration platform. “I do not think there will be a threat of tariffs because there is a 56pc reduction,” said Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, who is due to travel to Washington next week to review that agreement with the Trump administration.

Ebrard repeated Mexico’s refusal to become a socalled safe third country, which Trump has pressed for. Under such an arrangement it would agree to take in migrants entering Mexico on their way to the US to request asylum. “The Mexican strategy is working. We will not agree to be a safe third country ... because it goes against our interests,” the minister said. “It is unfair to our country.”