Mexico will send its national guard throughout Mexico, including its southern border, bordering Guatemala, according to the agreement. In addition, Mexico said it was “ready to take decisive action to dismantle human trafficking and human trafficking organizations, as well as their illicit financial and transport networks.” The threat has angered investors and lawmakers – including Republicans – who have said it will depress U.S.-Mexico trade. They also noted that it would be more difficult for Congress to approve a free trade agreement with Mexico and Canada. Minister for Economy, Business and Innovation Heather Humpreys TD and the Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, the Digital Single Market and EU Data Protection welcomed the rapid and ambitious progress made in modernising the trade agreement with Mexico, which will provide important trade and investment opportunities for businesses in Ireland. As part of the agreement, Mexico will open its market more to public procurement for Irish and European companies than to any other trading partner. Mexico has also committed to entering into negotiations with Mexican states to allow EU companies to launch tenders at the national level pending the signing of the agreement. Overall, the North American Free Trade Agreement – concluded between the three amigos of the United States, Mexico and Canada – came into force on January 1, 1994. “There is no doubt that this trade agreement is much better than Nafta, but… It is infinitely better than what was originally proposed by the administration,” Pelosi said. Minister Humphreys welcomed the new trade agreement and said: “21 years ago, the comprehensive agreement signed with Mexico 21 years ago, which focuses heavily on industrial products, was the most comprehensive and advanced trade agreement ever concluded by the EU. Today, this ambitious agreement, which is a follow-up to recent trade agreements with Canada, Japan and Singapore, sends a strong and positive message about world trade. The agreement, which already exports more than 2 billion euros worth of goods and services, has the potential to further improve this situation by improving market access, reducing tariffs and simplifying administrative procedures for exporters.
In addition, the agreement will work to ensure that the Mexican authorities work to reduce migrant trafficking. Republicans who had asked Trump not to hit Mexico with tariffs welcomed the announcement. In 1997, Mexico was the first Latin American country to conclude an agreement on economic partnership, political coordination and cooperation with the EU. The agreement included trade provisions developed as part of a free trade agreement that came into force in October 2000 for the goods trade part and in 2001 for parties related to trade in services. This policy is currently being challenged in the federal court, although the Ninth Arrondissement has decided that the administration can implement, as a final decision has been made. Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lépez Obrador has argued in the past that the migration crisis can only be solved by economic development in Central America and not by a severe crackdown on immigration. In December, he asked the Trump administration to work with Mexico on a Marshall Plan for Central America – and planned a $30 billion investment over the next five years to create jobs in the region. I would like to thank the President of Mexico, Mr. Manuel Lopez Obrador, and his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, as well as all the many representatives of the United States and Mexico, for working so long and hard to reach our immigration agreement! The United States and Mexico have signed an agreement to combat illegal immigration beyond their borders, as announced Friday by U.S.
President Donald Trump.