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Mexico increases detentions and deportations as Donald Trump doubles down on tariff threats

Mexico has increased the detention and deportation of migrants in the wake of Donald Trump’s threats to slap tariffs on the country if it fails to crack down on illegal immigration to the US. Nearly 15,000 migrants were deported in April, up from around 9,000 in March, according to government figures. The figure was even higher in May, when the number of detentions also surged past 20,000. It comes after Mr Trump said he would impose a blanket five per cent tariff on Mexican imports on June 10 to pressure Mexico into stemming the tide of Central American migrants travelling through the country en route to America. Foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard pushed back at the US president’s charge that Mexico was doing “nothing” to help Tuesday, as he warned that 250,000 more immigrants would reach America in 2019 without Mexico’s efforts. Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico’s foreign minister, speaks during a news conference at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington Credit: Andrew Harrer /Bloomberg  However Mexico ruled out US proposals for the country to take in all Central American asylum seekers if the idea was raised during talks with the Trump administration this week. The idea, touted by some officials, is to designate

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