Pompeo and Mexican counterpart welcome reduced flow of migrants

MEXICO CITY (AFP) – United States (US) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday thanked his Mexican counterpart for increased immigration enforcement by the country, which he said is leading to fewer migrants entering the United States (US).

The meeting confirmed a considerably calmer tone in US-Mexican relations than in early June, when President Donald Trump had threatened stiff new trade tariffs against the US southern neighbour unless it acted forcefully to slow the migrant flow.

Pompeo met Sunday in Mexico City with Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard on a regional trip that began in Argentina and Ecuador and later took him to El Salvador.

“Secretary Pompeo thanked Foreign Minister Ebrard for Mexico’s increased immigration enforcement efforts,” the State Department said.

Speaking in El Salvador, Pompeo said that Mexico has “made real progress” on migration.

“The numbers are good… There are fewer apprehensions taking place today along our southern border, but we’ve got a long way to go yet – there’s still much more work to do,” he told a news conference in San Salvador.