White House says tariffs 'going forward' as talks continue

U.S President Donald TrumpReuters  Carlos Barria

Without a deal, the first tariffs are to go into effect next Monday.

The vice president says President Donald Trump "is going to stand firm" until what he sees as an immigration crisis is resolved.

"We have taken our concerns to the highest levels of the administration and strongly urge them to consider carefully the impact of this action on working families across this country", Timmons added.

Trump last week announced that on Monday, the U.S. 'But I think there is the ability - if negotiations continue to go well - that the president can turn that off at some point over the weekend, ' he said, CNN reported.

During Wednesday's talks, the gulf between the countries was clear as Mexico offered small, thus far undisclosed concessions, and the US demanded major action. But they're rattled by Trump's talk of imposing tariffs on goods from Mexico - warning that it could hurt the auto industry, one of the state's most important employers.

Mexico has already pledged to send about 6,000 National Guard troops to its southern border with Guatemala in a bid to cut off the flow of Central American migrants whose journey to the US's southern border has led to a steep spike in border crossings in recent months.

Pence's comments came after a meeting of US and Mexican officials at the White House wrapped up Thursday afternoon.

Mexican authorities also blocked 420 migrants in a new caravan, although the group was initially about 1,200-strong, with many suspected of running away before immigration officials stepped in.

Even with more talks on Thursday, it was unclear when any resolution would come, with Trump in Europe through Friday.

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But it appeared there was no agreement between Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and USA negotiators led by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the asylum question.

Said Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Kentucky, the dean of the delegation, as talks continued Thursday between US and Mexico negotiators: "Like many, I am hopeful for a positive resolution to these conversations with Mexico that improves the dire situation at our border without negative consequences for our economy".

The White House's announcement of the looming tariff said that the sufficiency of Mexico's efforts to stem the flow of migrants would "be determined in our sole discretion and judgment". Those discussions didn't include cabinet secretaries.

A former reporter for McClatchy's Miami Herald, she also spent several years covering the White House.

Many members of Trump's Republican Party and business allies have urged him to reconsider - or at least postpone actually implementing the tariffs as talks continue - citing the potential harm to American consumers and manufactures.

Mexico's proposal to delay the implementation matches comments by top Republican lawmakers.

Mexico has prepared a list of possible retaliatory tariffs targeting US products from agricultural and industrial states regarded as Trump's electoral base, a tactic China has also used with an eye toward the Republican president's 2020 re-election bid. "We've told Mexico the tariffs go on". "They have to step up to the plate". Those tariffs are set to increase by 5 percent each month till they reach 25 percent October 1, where they will remain until "the illegal immigration problem is remedied", Trump said in a tweet. "The higher the Tariffs go, the higher the number of companies that will move back to the U.S.!"

A United States border patrol agent catches an illegal immigrant crossing from Mexico to the U.S.in San Ysidro, California, April 13, 2011.

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