Vice President Mike Pence touted the progress made over immigration talks with Mexico saying he was “encouraged” by the Mexican delegation’s efforts.
The vice president made the remarks while speaking to reporters in Pennsylvania Thursday saying, “The president has no timetable.”
Though he expressed optimism, he clarified the 5% tariffs targeting Mexican products are still set to take effect on Monday.
The delegation offered to send 6,000 troops to its southern border in an effort to avoid the looming tariffs.
Mexico has reportedly voiced its concern over lack of time to reach an agreement, before the tariffs are set to be enacted in the coming days.
Vice President Pence clarified the tariffs will spike if Mexico does not do its part in the coming months to stop the influx of illegal immigration at the southern border.
Mexico sent representatives to Washington as soon as President @realDonaldTrump announced possible tariffs.
We are expected to have over 1 MILLION people arrive at our Southern Border this year.
Dems are playing games with the border. The president is not!
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) June 6, 2019
He went on to say U.S. officials are prepared to present President Trump with Mexico’s proposals which outline how it can aid in the growing crisis at the border, and ultimately it will be his decision if Mexico is doing enough.
The White House has made it clear Mexico could avoid the tariffs if it cracks down on the flow of illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and other criminal smuggling.
The tariffs will reportedly spike to 25% by October 1 if the Trump administration is not satisfied with Mexican efforts to address the crisis at the southern border.
The vice president’s remarks come just days after the Department of Homeland Security reported nearly 133,000 border apprehensions for the month of May, a 10-year record.
Trump says GOP lawmakers undercut his Mexico tariff negotiations https://t.co/ngHUUM7zn0
— Bloomberg (@business) June 7, 2019
Talks between U.S. officials and the Mexican delegation are still scheduled to continue into Friday.
U.S. officials are reportedly drafting an emergency declaration, which is what would be needed for the president to implement the tariffs on Mexico.