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Mexico: We'll stop doing dirty work if pressed by Trump tax

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A Mexican minister said his government would stop its U.S.-backed border controls if Trump follows through on his border tax promise.

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to impose heavy border taxes on Mexico could see the the suspension of a security program with Washington at Mexico’s southern border.

The program stops immigrants and refugees fleeing conflicts in Central America from coming into Mexico as they try to seek asylum in the United States.

There is so much at stake for the interest of the U.S. as a country,” Mexico’s Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo told the Globe and Mail in an interview.

Mexico has been accused of doing the U.S.’s “dirty work” when it comes to drug war and immigration in return for cash.

The minister warned that Trump’s rhetoric against his country and its people could see the Mexican government less willing to “keep on cooperating in things that are at the heart of (U.S.) national-security issues.”

“You cannot ask me to (accept poor) conditions in terms of trade and then request my help to manage migration issues from other nations or … the prosecution of criminal activities and narcotics,” he added.

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