Confusion Follows Trump Claim of Additional Mexico Deal

Mae Love
June 11, 2019

But the revelation stumped Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, who said he wasn't aware of any such deal.

Hours earlier, the President had tweeted, "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".

". The tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the USA on Monday against Mexico are hereby indefinitely suspended - Mexico has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico. details of the agreement will be released shortly by the State Department".

Speaking in an interview on CBS TV, the Mexican Ambassador to the US said trade between the two nations will increase "dramatically" in the upcoming months, connecting it to the future United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) ratification.

What both sides do agree on is that Mexico will deploy thousands of national police to its southern border region to help enforce its own immigration laws.

Illegal border crossings on Mexico's northern border with the US have been on the rise again after reaching a low in US President Donald Trump's first year in office. That demand was put on the table again by USA negotiators last week, but was not accepted by Mexico. He now had full confidence that they "want to get the job properly done".

Such a step would require the Mexican government to consult the Senate on how to proceed, Ebrard said.

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Washington has "fully signed and documented another very important part" of the immigration deal with Mexico, Trump tweeted on Monday. He did not offer more details.

Ebrard told a news conference on Monday that Trump was referring to possible further measures to pressure countries other than the U.S. to share the burden. The Mexican peso rose more than 2% against the dollar. Mexico has also been more aggressive in denying temporary visas to those looking to travel through the country to the United States to request asylum. Migrants from African countries regularly fly to Brazil before making the arduous journey north.

"So the wineries come to me and say...'Sir, we're paying a lot of money to put our product into France, and you're letting" - meaning, this country is allowing - "these French wines, which are great wines, but we have great wines too - allowing it to come in for nothing". "If we have to participate in a regional model like the one I have just described, we would have to present that to Congress".

"In the meeting with the vice president of the United States, they were insistent on the safe third-country issue", Ebrard told a press conference. Officials from those countries did not immediately respond to Ebrard's comments.

In May, more than 132,000 people were apprehended at the southern border, according to US Customs and Border Protection, the highest monthly number in the past 13 years. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, chastised Trump for using tariffs as a threat and operating a "trade policy based on tweets".

Even though no specific target has been set, the measures taken by Mexico to curb the migrant flow will be evaluated in mid July, Mr Ebrard said.

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