Mexicos deployment of National Guardsmen and other ground troops on the U.S.-Mexico border has already begun to disrupt the movement of migrants.
The inflow of Central American migrants into the U.S. has been stunted following the deployment of several thousand ground troops on Mexicos northern and southern borders, The New York Times reported Monday.
The troop deployment was brought on by a deal struck between the Trump administration and the administration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in response to President Donald Trumps trade ultimatum. The deal was reached after Trump threatened to place a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports coming into the U.S. if the Mexican government did not do its part to stop illegal border crossings.
“The flow has very substantially slowed down,” Trump said on June 20, acknowledging Mexico taking quick action to secure the border.
“Its already had a big impact,” he continued.
Store vendors in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, say that over the last two weeks they have seen a steep drop in business from Guatemalan migrants, resulting from Mexicos security efforts along its southern border, the Times reported. (RELATED: Mexico Has Deployed 15,000 Troops To The Border, Is Now Detaining Illegal Migrants)
Mexicos President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gives his first press conference as president, at the National Palace in Mexico City on Dec. 3, 2018. (Photo by Alfredo ESTRELLA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
“The people are scared to come because they fear that the government will come and take their merchandise,” a vendor in Ciudad Hidalgo known as Mary said, according to the Times. Mary reportedly asked for her last name to be withheld from the Times report due to fear of persecution.