Says to Expand Program Sending Asylum Seekers to Mexico

Says to Expand Program Sending Asylum Seekers to Mexico

The tariffs would also jeopardize the ratification of the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the rejigged North American trade deal that is Mr. Trump's signature trade deal.

Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, who said Thursday his country had agreed to deploy 6,000 National Guard troops to its border with Guatemala, tweeted the news late Friday that there would be no "tariff application on Monday".

U.S. President Donald Trump, who has continually railed against illegal immigration as a candidate and since taking office, had threatened to impose 5% import tariffs on all Mexican goods from Monday if Mexico did not do more to tighten its borders.

The 5% tax on all Mexican goods would have risen every month, up to 25% under Trump's plan, and had enormous economic implications for both countries.

Mexico has agreed to "immediately" start buying products from USA farmers, said President Donald Trump in the wake of the deal the two nations signed amid a row over tariffs and immigration.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said in Washington that his team had also resisted U.S. requests to send deported Guatemalans to Mexico. More than 144,000 migrants were encountered or arrested at the US-Mexico border in May, US Customs and Border Protection said this week, a roughly 32% increase from the previous month and the highest monthly total in more than a decade.

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.

"I have said before, migration into Mexico also has to be regulated. orderly, legal and safe, " Sanchez Cordero told The Associated Press.

The goal would be to require Central American migrants to face asylum proceedings in Mexico or the first country they cross through, rather than in the US.

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The United States and Mexico will continue discussions on illegal immigration and if the measures in the agreement "do not have the expected results, they will take further actions" and announce them within 90 days.

Global markets have been roiled in recent months by the Trump administration's aggressive use of tariffs to assert U.S. economic power, fanning concern about the stability of multilateral institutions that grew up after World War II.

Trump wrote that the tariffs that had been scheduled to go into effect on June 10 against Mexico have been indefinitely suspended. Even Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer praised the President's use of tariffs on China, a fact conveniently skimmed over by most conservative outlets.

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 United States border.

Mexico pledged in a joint statement to take "unprecedented steps to increase enforcement to curb irregular migration".

"The others have to find a way to stabilise the multilateral rules-based system", he said, "even if the United States want to kill it".

Those measures will include deploying Mexico's militarised National Guard security force to its southern border.

The President said on Twitter there was "a good chance" that a deal would be made over the weekend, but that he would move forward with tariffs if not.

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