Texas Border Business
President Trump is hosting President of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador today at the White House, where the two leaders just signed a joint declaration on the U.S.-Mexico partnership. The trip marks President Lopez Obrador’s first foreign visit in office.
“Mexico became the largest goods trading partner of the United States for the first time in 2019,” the statement reads. “Every day, $1.6 billion worth of trade crosses our border, directly supporting American and Mexican businesses, jobs, and workers.”
Just last week, President Trump’s NAFTA-replacing U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) took effect. USMCA recommits North America to generating prosperity for ALL of its citizens and strengthening the joint fight against global trade corruption.
President Trump has also worked extensively with Mexico to curb the surge of illegal immigration at our border. At the Trump Administration’s urging, Mexico has bolstered its border security efforts and deployed thousands of troops to disrupt human smuggling.
“I want to thank Mexico because Mexico is doing a lot right now,” President Trump said after the deal took effect last summer. “They have almost 20,000 soldiers between the two borders. They have 6,000 on their southern border by Guatemala. And they have about . . . 16,000 at our southern border.”
These strong actions by President Trump and Mexico caused U.S. Border Patrol enforcement encounters to fall drastically from 132,856 last May to 21,475 in May 2020.