Mexico, United States, Who Pays for the Wall?
Mexico, United States and the wall are not the best of friends right now. A trade dispute could have difficult repercussions in Mexico. The country relies heavily on the U.S. market. Eighty percent of its exports are sold there, and some economists predict that a trade war could lead to a recession causing more migration moving north. Others predict unrest breaking out across the country. It is already on edge with the increases in gas prices.
Mexico, U.S. Must Negotiate Before Final Plans Made
Although the US is the stronger power there is no doubt that Mexico will sit down at the negotiation table. Mexico does have some ‘trump’ cards of its own. Top economic officials have said that Mexico could mirror any additional taxes or tariffs that the US imposes. Former officials have said that Mexico could also tax corporate profits from the many American companies with operations in Mexico.
Another option is the fact that last year Mexico deported nearly 150,000 migrants bound for the US. Most of these people were from Central America. Without the cooperation of Mexico, officials predict that the number of migrants turning up at the US border could double.
At the border Mexican officials have been important partners in a variety of tasks. These include gathering intelligence on drugs cartels as well as facilitating food inspections. They often work side by side with US counterparts. Mexico has also apprehended foreigners from other countries that pose a potential national security threat and has allowed US authorities access to them. It is possible that cooperation could change.