President Donald Trump said he has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement at this time, but could still withdraw if he concludes a renegotiated pact is not “a fair deal for all”. Trump tweeted early Thursday that he has agreed to remain a partner in the much-discussed trade agreement in calls he received from Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The White House released a statement late Wednesday saying only that Trump had assured the two leaders in phone conversations that the U.S. would not withdraw from NAFTA at this time.
During an interview with Bloomberg Secretary to American trade, Wilbur Ross, has suggested that the negotiations for the modification of NAFTA could last about a year and has already begun the first contacts with the representatives of Mexico and Canada. Ross said the Trump administration does not intend to overturn the NAFTA against Mexico, but only wants to change some aspects of the Trade to make a way that some part of the jobs losted due to NAFTA will return in the USA. The amendment to the NAFTA does not like at some of US lawmakers, especially those of the states on the border with Mexico, who fear a decline of the local economy.
The latest proposal of the Department for the US National Security regarding the repatriation of Mexican illegal immigrants is to separate families who try to cross the border. This idea is due to the current American legislation does not allow the authorities to hold in custody for a long period, families with children, the new proposal provides for the repatriation of the parents and the custody of children to the Department of Health and Humanitarian Services.
Graco Ramirez Garrido, Governor of Morleos State, announced his intention to run in the presidential elections of 2018. Ramírez Garrido is a member of the Democratic Revolution Party, which is currently the second political force of the country, and is convinced that Mexico is ready to be governed by a progressive force, in fact, the Democratic Revolution Party has never succeeded in bringing his own candidate to win the presidency, or to obtain a majority in parliament, both have always remained in the hands of political parties or coalitions of the center-right
According to estimates of the National Institute of Geography and Statistics in 2015 91.2% of US citizens who resided in Mexico did not do it on a regular basis, only 65,000 out of a total of 739,000. According to to the latest surveys this condition has not improved rather has worsened, now US citizens in Mexico are about 1,000,000 of which approximately 934,000 are irregular, according to data provided by the US Department of State. Despite the high number of illegal immigrants Mexico maintains a softer line on the issuewhereas across the border the new administration led by Trump already has repatriated almost 12,000 people of which only 723 were involved in crimes such as drug trafficking or weapons.
Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo, said in an interview with Bloomberg that if the United States, in the context of the renegotiation of NAFTA, should try to impose the duties so Mexico abandon the negotiating table. Guajardo said that the United States cannot renegotiate NAFTA to only get benefits for them, however,according to the Minister at least in the short term the US will not date will be in a position to impose customs duties against Mexico.
About the trip of US Secretary of State Tillerson and the Secretary of Homeland Security Kelly in Mexico, President Trump said during a meeting with managers of different companies that for the first time the United States is expelling from the national territory drug traffickers and other criminals in an operation that Trump has called “military”. The President’s words have troubled the Mexican government that immediately requested clarification at Tillerson and at Kelly, both were forced to deny the Trump statements, especially Kelly ensured that the will not be used military in the operations and that there will be no mass expulsions.
The INCB (International Narcotics Control Board) has published a document, which suggests that the eventual construction of the wall on the border between Mexico and the United States would not solve the problem of drug trafficking, in fact, the INCB notes that the Mexican drug cartels operating a turnover of about $ 3.2 billion annually and that take advantage of very technological means such as drones or remote controlled submarines to carry the loads of drugs across the border, considering that according to data of the Secretariat for the National Defense there are today at least 60 airstrips not registered only in the Baja California region.
Luis Videgaray, Mexican Foreign Minister, met informally the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Bonn, Germans, where both are attending the G20. Videgaray said that Mexico will not change his mind about the financing of the wall on the border between the US and Mexico that the US President Trump wants to build, however, also stated that the US has every right to defend their borders and on this issue Mexico is willing to talk, finally he hinted that other Ministers of foreign Affairs are pushing so that the two countries work together as much as possible.
Gabriel M. Lopez, President and General Director of the Mexican division of Ford, has ensured that the company does not intend to abandon the Mexican market and even stop producing in the country, the testimony is the investment of $ 2.5 billion to open two new production lines in Chihuahua and in Irapuato. López said that the closure of the plant in San Luis Potosi was due to market needs and not to the company’s desire to leave the country, in fact, the Ford in Mexico has 9,000 employees, FOUR production lines and 125 dealers that guarantee a revenue of $ 1.2 billion for year.