Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump Claims Mystery Part of Mexico Immigration Deal

Trump Claims Mystery Part of Mexico Immigration Deal

Mexico and the United States signed an agreement on Friday, with Mexico agreeing to take steps to control the flow of people from Central America, including deploying 6,000 members of a new national guard across its border with Guatemala.

Other details included a reference to "45 days" - the amount of time for Mexico to show it can reduce the flow of migrants across the border with the USA before other Latin American countries got involved in processing asylum claims.

The agreement between the United States and Mexico reached last week averted Mr Trump's plan to impose tariffs of 5% on imports from Mexico - America's third largest trade partner.

In comments on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would evaluate "daily" the progress of Mexico's efforts. The Mexican peso was up more than 2% against the dollar but major risks remain for the currency.

The US president thanked his Mexican counterpart for "working so long and hard" on a plan to reduce the surge of migration across the southern border. "Phase two is very tough, but I think they're going to do a good job", he said.

"We do not anticipate a problem with the vote but, if for any reason the approval is not forthcoming, tariffs will be reinstated", he wrote on Twitter.

While Trump administration officials hailed the agreement as a breakthrough, the deal was initially criticized for merely repeating pledges by Mexico to take action.

"If we have to participate in a regional model like the one I have just described, we would have to present that to Congress", Ebrard said. But many migrants fleeing violence and poverty are undeterred by the crackdown. Mexico hasn't done it because it's mostly a failed state and because Mexico has a huge economic incentive to continue to allow illegal immigration. Migrants from African countries regularly fly to Brazil before making the arduous journey north.

There was no sign of a new deployment in the southern border town of Tapachula, the entry point for the large migrant caravans that have crossed Mexico in recent months, said AFP correspondents.

Close-up photographs of the paper reveal that it discusses "burden sharing in relation to the processing of refugees" - likely a reference to some kind of policy that would keep migrants seeking asylum in Mexico or elsewhere instead of the U.S. "But, right now, Mexico is helping us much more on immigration than the Democrats in the U.S".

Mexico's defense minister traveled Tuesday to the southern border.

But Mexico faces huge pressure to deliver immediate results at the US-Mexican border, where American officials detained 144,000 migrants in May, up 32 percent from April including a record 89,000 in families.

Lionel Briand, communications chief for the French Customs office, previously told The Associated Press that the US gets charged the same tariffs imposed on all non-EU countries.

Like this: