Donald Trump brandishes 'secret' US-Mexico agreement to journalists

Evarado Alatorre
Junio 12, 2019

"Additionally, and for many years, Mexico was not being cooperative on the Border in things we had, or didn't have, and now I have full confidence, especially after speaking to their President yesterday, that they will be very cooperative and want to get the job properly done". "I just give you my word". "There is now going to be great cooperation between Mexico & the U.S., something that didn't exist for decades".

Later on Monday, however, Ebrard also said that Mexico would begin talks about a possible "safe third country" agreement if migration at Mexico's southern border did not decrease within the 45 days.

President Trump pulled a one-page paper from his pocket Tuesday and waved it to reporters, saying it contained the details of the secret side agreement he says he struck with Mexico to reduce illegal immigration at the border.

"We do not anticipate a problem with the vote but, if for any reason the approval is not forthcoming, tariffs will be reinstated", he added, without elaborating.

"In here is the agreement", Trump said, pulling the paper from a coat pocket and repeatedly holding it up as he spoke to reporters.

He continued to hammer the point that until recently there was no arrangement with Mexico.

"Agriculture is a significant piece of the global economy and it simply doesn't make sense to leave it out", US Senator Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the tax and trade-focused Senate Finance Committee, said in April.

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"I would be surprised if he didn't go, I think he is going". But many migrants fleeing violence and poverty are undeterred by the crackdown.

"The wineries come to me and they say - the California guys, they come to me: Sir, we are paying a lot of money to put our products into France and you're letting - meaning, this country is allowing this French wine which is great, we have great wine, too, allowing it to come in for nothing".

If Mexico were to be a safe third country, migrants' asylum applications would be processed there rather than in the US.

Discussions would take place with Brazil, Panama and Guatemala - the countries now used by migrants as transit points - to see if they could share the burden of processing asylum claims.

United States border officers apprehended more than 132,000 people crossing from Mexico in May, the highest monthly level since 2006.

'If they bring the numbers way down, we won't have to use it.

It also said 45 calendar days after the joint declaration, the USA would assess in consultation with Mexico whether the flow of migrants had been curbed sufficiently. "I haven't heard that he is not", Trump said.

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