Published: Sat, June 08, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

United States makes deal with Mexico on tariffs, immigration, Trump announces

United States makes deal with Mexico on tariffs, immigration, Trump announces

"The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the USA on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended", Trump wrote just before 8:30 p.m. "Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border". "Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the USA on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended".

"Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border".

Trump made the Twitter comments from Air Force One as it was returning from Europe to Washington, where Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard was meeting with U.S. officials at the State Department for the third day to discuss USA demands for a crackdown on Central American migrants crossing into the USA from Mexico.

On Thursday, the Mexican official said, the Mexican government indicated it is willing to make asylum changes for the sake of a coordinated regional approach to stem the flow of Central American migrants now flooding into the United States.

Mr. Trump is threatening the tariffs to force Mexico to do more to stop the flow of Central American refugee claimants arriving at the US border.

He said details would be released soon by the U.S. State Department.

In May, Trump unexpectedly announced a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports unless Mexico took decisive action to tackle border issues.

Mexican officials estimate that increased enforcement will reduce illegal-immigration levels to roughly 60,000 arrests per month, but the Trump administration has demanded a return to the rate that held in the opening months of the administration, which was roughly 20,000 arrests.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday on the sidelines of the G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors, Mnuchin said: "We couldn't be more pleased with the agreement that we reached". Trump tweeted earlier Friday.


Senator Joni Ernst, who represents the farming state of Iowa and had broken with Trump on the tariffs, said that her state was "breathing a sigh of relief" with the deal.

With his efforts to beef up the security of the US' southern border largely stalled, President Donald Trump has sought to curb illegal immigration indirectly.

Mr. Trump has called the tariffs "beautiful", but he also repeatedly misstates how tariffs work, erroneously insisting that China and Mexico are paying the tariffs.

The United States imports about $350 billion each year in goods from Mexico including $128 billion in automobiles, auto parts and engines, and $26 billion in agricultural products and processed foods.

Trump has threatened the tariffs out of frustration with the Mexican government's permitting hundreds of thousands of mostly Central American migrants stream across the country northward to the USA border.

In addition, Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Thursday his country had agreed to deploy 6,000 National Guard troops to its border with Guatemala to help control the flow of migrants as part of its concessions.

President Trump and President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico both expressed reserved optimism that a compromise was possible, and the legal notice could be lifted before Monday. Through June 5, 10,393 mostly Central Americans have been sent back to Mexico since the program started in January.

Beyond Trump and several White House advisers, few in his administration had believed the tariffs were a good idea, according to officials familiar with internal deliberations. Those people worry about the negative economic consequences for Americans and believe the tariffs - which would likely spark retaliatory taxes on US exports - would also hurt the administration politically.

"We wish that members of Congress would spend as much time looking to fix the problem legislatively as they do bellyaching about what the President is doing trying to fix the problem", Short said when asked about Republican opposition to his tariffs.

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