Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti traveled to Mexico Friday to speak with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and address the North American Mayors Summit in Cabo San Lucas.
Garcetti was set to deliver the mayoral address Friday afternoon at the presidential session of the summit with Lopez Obrador and Claudia Sheinbaum, the Mexico City head of government.
Garcetti will discuss the links to trade, commerce and culture between Los Angeles and Mexico and the current status of tariffs and immigration issues between Mexico and the U.S., according to the mayor’s office.
President Donald Trump last week issued an ultimatum to Mexico — curtail the flow of Central American migrants into the U.S. or a 5% tariff will be imposed on all goods from Mexico, effective Monday. According to the White House, the tariff would rise to 10% by July and as high as 25% by October, if the number of migrants entering the country doesn’t decrease.
Garcetti is also expected to meet with the U.S. Conference of Mayors at the summit to “exchange ideas” with officials from Mexico and Canada on shared issues ranging from climate change and transportation infrastructure to economic development and public safety, according to his office.
According to San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s office, the North American Mayors Summit is an initiative of the Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, and the U.S. delegation is led by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. More than 100 mayors from throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada are expected to convene at the summit, which is the first of its kind.
Garcetti is scheduled to return to Los Angeles by Sunday to participate in the L.A. Pride Parade.
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