Trump Nixes Plans For Mexican Import Tariffs After Reaching Immigration Deal

Mae Love
June 11, 2019

The agreement would expedite a program known as the Migration Protection Protocols, which sends people seeking asylum in the United States to wait in Mexico as their cases are processed.

On Friday, the United States and Mexico struck a deal to avert a tariff war, with Mexico agreeing to rapidly expand an asylum program and deploy security forces to curb illegal immigration from Central America.

Asked specifically about Trump's Twitter assertion the Ambassador said that the USA and Mexico share an "integrated economy" in the agricultural sector, with Mexico exporting fruits and vegetables, and the U.S. exporting grains and meats.

As a part of the agreement, Mexico not only allows those returned from the U.S. to stay in Mexico but also must offer them work permits, health care and education, the CBS report says.

"It will be revealed in the not too distant future", he said of the undisclosed terms. In return, Trump said that he would not go ahead with a threat to impose escalating tariffs on all Mexican goods entering the US.

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".

Another part of the deal was Mexico's agreement to deploy 6,000 National Guard servicemen to Mexico's southern border and across the country in order to curb the influx of immigrants crossing into the USA illegally.

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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.

She noted Mexico was already a top USA trade partner in agricultural products. Migrants from African countries regularly fly to Brazil before making the arduous journey north.

McAleenan added that "Mexico came to the table with real proposals".

USA border officers caught over 132,000 people crossing from Mexico in May, the highest monthly level since 2006.

He has called for denying citizenship to US-born children whose parents are without documents, and authorised law enforcement officials to investigate the immigration status of anyone they stopped. During the week of 24 May, 5,800 migrants - the highest ever for one day - crossed on a single day, according to a report by The New York Times. Still, Martha Barcena, Mexico's ambassador to Washington, told CBS News on the weekend there had been discussion of reducing the numbers to levels around those of 2018.

President Trump also claimed that Mexico will "immediately" start buying more US-made farm products.

Ebrard told reporters the talks had focused on migration, not commerce, and hypothesized that Trump was calculating an economic boost resulting from his decision not to implement the tariffs.

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