Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Mexico launches committee to implement U.S. migration deal

Mexico launches committee to implement U.S. migration deal

Trump and other administration officials, however, say Mexico made major concessions and have credited his threat to slap a 5% tax on all Mexican goods if the country didn't immediately agree to do more to stem the flow of Central American migrants across the USA southern border.

The U.S. -Mexico deal also comes amid an escalating crisis at the border, with U.S. Customs and Border Protection reporting last week that it apprehended or encountered more than 144,000 migrants at the border in May-levels not seen in over a decade.

"Right here is the agreement, very simple", the president said.

"This is one page".

A weekend news report claiming the US immigration pact with Mexico was a hodge-podge of recycled ideas that America's southern neighbor had already agreed to is coming under fresh criticism, as the Trump administration denies it and a separate report challenges the claims.

Washington said last week it wanted Mexico to agree to a "safe third country" policy, in which migrants entering Mexican territory must apply for asylum there rather than the US.

"Tariffs are a great negotiating tool, a great revenue producers and, most importantly, a powerful way to get companies to come to the United States of America and to get companies that have left us for other lands to come back home", Trump tweeted.

"For a long time, for many years, people tried to get what we got in a period of a couple of days, and they couldn't get it". That's the difference. They couldn't get it'.

"It's sad that, when you think of it, Mexico is doing is more for the United States, as of now, than Congress".

"Mexico took the President's tariff threat very seriously and they're starting to take enforcement of their southern border seriously".


Asylum seekers from El Salvador and Honduras first pass through Guatemala when fleeing their homes, while Cubans and Haitians often fly first to Panama before heading to the U.S. through Mexico.

But Ebrard, holding up a paper and pointing to the previously announced details, said, "There is no other thing beyond what I have just explained".

But Trump on Monday said he would go ahead with the proposed tariffs if Mexico's Congress does not back part of the deal that may need lawmakers' approval.

He said the agreement that he waved around would go into affect at his discretion. Mr Trump added American winemakers had complained to him that French wine can be imported into the United States "for nothing", but they have to pay steep duties to export their wine into France.

A regional asylum compact like the one Ebrard described could have major implications for asylum seekers, said Sarah Pierce, an analyst at the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute.

He also warned Mexico he would put his threat of tariffs into place if they did not decrease the number of illegal immigrants crossing the border.

Immigration agents in southern Mexico seemed eager to prove they're cracking down on Central American immigrants.

Asylum seekers from El Salvador and Honduras first pass through Guatemala when fleeing their homes, while Cubans and Haitians often fly first to Panama before heading to the United States through Mexico.

President Trump also claimed that Mexico will "immediately" start buying more US-made farm products. Okay? If they bring the numbers way down, we won't have to, but this is my option, ' he said.

The president called the story "fake news" and insisted the deal was brand new.

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