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"NAFTA, as you know, is moving along".
"But we're doing very nicely with NAFTA". "I could make a deal very quickly but I'm not sure that's in the best interest of the United States". "Everybody said, 'Oh, he was so tough.' And I used the word 'rape.' And yesterday it came out where, this journey coming up, women are raped at levels that nobody has ever seen before".
Thousands of men, women and children have attempted to escape gang-controlled cities in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras and sought to seek refuge in the U.S. Citing the grueling conditions of traveling thousands of miles and the chance that the U.S. will remain firm in not allowing anyone to cross, many migrants have made a decision to stay in Mexico.
To do so, they must reach a compromise on several contentious US demands, including raising the regional automotive content requirements to qualify for tariff-free trade.
President Trump has since taken to Twitter to announce he plans to keep the migrants from entering the country.
"We have been making good progress". She added that asylum seekers were not "a security issue", and that it was a "normal function of border authorities to facilitate that right". The Trump Administration is committed to enforcing our immigration laws - whether persons are part of this "caravan" or not.
All three Nafta countries-the U.S, Canada and Mexico-agree that a new treaty should aid the burgeoning energy trade.
"The U.S. still needs to be more flexible so there are conditions to create jobs in Mexico, the United States and Canada", said Juan Pablo Castanon, head of the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial, the umbrella group representing Mexican private sector interests at the NAFTA talks.
Guajardo also said there was no need for a separate deal with the United States on steel and aluminum by May 1 when the current exemption on USA tariffs expires. A US exemption to tariffs ends on by May 1.
NAFTA talks are ongoing and negotiators are expressing optimism about completing a new deal.
According to BuzzFeed News, the remainder of the caravan are expected to make their way to the southern border on Tuesday night, after a bus ride from Hermosillo, in Sonora. A handful of them have already been granted U.S. asylum, he told AFP. "We've had all our (negotiating) teams in Washington for two weeks and we will continue working all this week, the weekend and into next week".