Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard looks on during a news conference in Mexico City, Mexico on June 11, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)
MEXICO CITY, June 12 (Reuters): Deployment of National Guard forces to Mexico’s southern border was due to start on Wednesday and will advance quickly under the migration control deal signed last week with the United States, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Wednesday.
“Starting from today, and in the coming days, the deployment is going to progress rapidly,” he said during the president’s regular morning news conference.
Mexico and the United States signed the deal on Friday, with Mexico agreeing to take steps to control the flow of people from Central America, including deploying 6,000 members of the country’s National Guard across its border with Guatemala.
The deal averted escalating import tariffs of 5% on Mexican goods, which U.S. President Donald Trump had vowed to impose unless Mexico did more to curb migration.