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Trump threatens to derail AMLO’s plans for Mexico

Monday, July 1, 2019

Significance

The decision was slammed by his critics, who said the event was a golden opportunity to speak directly to US President Donald Trump about his recent threats to impose blanket trade tariffs on Mexico over its handling of migration. An agreement last month staved off any such action for now, but Trump will be a source of ongoing uncertainty for Mexico and AMLO’s government.

Impacts

  • The deployment of 26,000 security force personnel to deal with migrants will undermine efforts to address violent crime.
  • Rushed National Guard deployments raise risks of human rights abuses due to limited training.
  • Increased migrant numbers in border towns will weigh on public services and may lead to tensions with locals.
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