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Aug 22, 2019 | 16:35 GMT

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Mexico, U.S.: Mexican Foreign Minister to Review Migration Deal With Pompeo in Washington

What Happened: Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard will visit Washington in early September to review Mexico's efforts to curb migration flows with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Bloomberg reported Aug. 21.

Why It Matters: The review is part of a deal that the United States and Mexico reached in early June to prevent U.S. tariffs against its southern neighbor in exchange for Mexico limiting the number of migrants reaching its northern border. If Washington is dissatisfied with Mexico City's efforts, the White House could resume threats to place additional import tariffs on Mexican goods or push for a "safe third country" agreement.

Background: Between May and July, the number of migrants who were either apprehended or deemed inadmissible at the U.S.-Mexico border fell by roughly 43 percent. Despite this drop, however, Pompeo has said Mexico still needs to increase its efforts to further curb migration flows. 

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