Mexico suddenly halts migrants amid Trump’s tariff threat

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It’s hard not to see this as a win for President Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on Mexico. A large contingent of law enforcement officers intercepted a caravan of roughly 1000 Central American migrants traveling along a highway in southern Mexico on Wednesday.

This intensified patrol from Mexico was put in place at the same time as President Trump threatening to impose new and increasing tariffs on Mexico. These tariffs will be put in place unless the country builds on their efforts to stop the flow of migrants coming across the US-Mexico border. 

This caravan that was intercepted by the Mexican law enforcement officers consisted of many women and children. They had departed early in the morning from Ciudad Hidalgo at the Mexico-Guatemala border en route Tapachula. But they were stopped 11 miles short of the town by authorities.

The standoff between the caravan and the police turned physical and emotions flared. Some migrants were wrestled to the ground by unarmed agents, and others fled into the nearby forest.

One photo from the scene shows a migrant with an apparent head injury being helped by a federal police officer.

When all of the chaos settled down, 420 of the migrants were willfully taken to a nearby migrant detention.

Wednesday’s standoff took place simultaneously as Mexican officials met with Vice President Mike Pence in an attempt to hash out a deal to avoid the threatened tariffs.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he was optimistic that the talks could end in an agreement.

Do you believe that this is a win for President Trump? How do you think his opponents are going to react to this news regarding the intercepted caravan? We look forward to seeing what your thoughts are about this issue. Please feel free to leave your comments at the end of the article.

Credit: NY Post