Trump Says Secret Deal With Mexico Takes Effect When He Wants

Evarado Alatorre
Junio 13, 2019

If not, Mexico agrees to consider a long-standing USA demand that Central American asylum seekers crossing through Mexico apply for refuge there, not the United States, Ebrard said on Monday, dropping his previous opposition to that idea.

The U.S. -Mexico migration agreement reached last week includes a regional asylum plan and Mexico's commitment to examine and potentially change its laws, according to a copy held up to journalists by President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

"We have fully signed and documented another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico, one that the USA has been asking about getting for many years", Trump wrote.

Trump had threatened to impose a 5% tariff on Mexican products arriving in the USA starting this week, but backed off when Mexico pledged to ramp up efforts to block migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala heading north to the U.S.

"Outside of what I have just explained, there is no agreement", Mexico's Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Monday. But photographers captured portions of the text, which seem to hint at a deal to share the burden on refugees.

"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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The controversial - and teetotal - U.S. president was talking to anchor Joe Kernen on the station's flagship news and markets program Squawk Box on Monday about his imposition of tariffs on China, when he raised the "unfair" issue of tariffs on wine. -Mexican border say they are fleeing violence and repression.

Expressions by migrants of a fear of returning to their home countries triggers a US immigration court process, which can take months or years to resolve due to backlogs in the system.

That marked the "most difficult" moment in bilateral ties since Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office on December 1, 2018, Ebrard said.

But officials in Brussels have repeatedly stressed they will not discuss agriculture, drawing the ire of the Trump administration, which wants farm access to Europe.

Ebrard said there would need to be provisional installations built before rolling out a broader plan to cope with the flow of migrants arriving from Central America. "This is one page of a very long and very good agreement for both Mexico and the United States", Trump said. He gave no more details. "Mexico is open to negotiations if we fail, but we're not going to fail", he told a news conference.

Six-thousand Mexican troops are headed south to the Guatemalan border to slow migrants bound for the US.

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