Mexico dodges bullet in migrant deal with US

Mexico dodges bullet in migrant deal with US

He did not go into details, but Mexico said it had agreed to discuss one of Trump's top demands, a so-called "safe third country agreement" - in which migrants entering Mexican territory must apply for asylum there rather than the U.S. - if the flow of undocumented Central Americans continues.

"France charges us a lot for the wine and yet we charge them very little for French wine", Trump said on CNBC.

But Mexico's Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Monday said there were no undisclosed parts of the U.S. - Mexico deal. "This is not going to stop them".

"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".

Former presidential candidate Francisco Labastida said the scale of the current immigration crisis was a threat to Mexico itself, and action was needed regardless of Mr Trump.

And the agreement to expand a program allowing asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico while their cases are being processed was reached in December, the officials said.

"I don't know exactly what he's talking about", said Juan Carlos Hidalgo, a Latin America analyst at the Cato Institute. "That will be announced at the appropriate time", he added.

The tariffs would have clobbered Mexico's economy, which is integrated with the United States and Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement, with experts warning of a recession. It also came as relief for Republican lawmakers and their allies in the business community, who'd spent the week burning up White House phones and personally nudging the president to back down. "If they want to come back and complete the deal on the terms we were negotiating, that would be great".

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at the Santa Lucia Air Force Base in Zumpango near Mexico City, April 29, 2019.

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Trump defended the agreement on Sunday against criticism there were no major new commitments to stem a flow of mostly Central American migrants crossing into the United States, many seeking asylum protections, and pledged to provide additional details soon. "What did we win?"

"Outside of what I have just explained, there is no agreement", Ebrard said at a morning press conference.

When Trump announced the deal Friday night, Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer joked, "This is an historic night!" He thanked the president of Mexico for "working so long and hard" on a plan to reduce the surge of migration into the United States.

U.S. border officers apprehended more than 132,000 people crossing from Mexico in May, the highest monthly level since 2006.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Monday reiterated President Trump's assertion that the U.S.'s recent deal with Mexico regarding immigration and the border was a success - arguing that the agreement moves beyond just ramping up existing efforts by the two nations.

Ebrard said Friday that the promised deployment of 6,000 officers from Mexico's newly created National Guard to the southern border would begin Monday. "Sick Journalism", he said.

Glenn Kessler, fact-checker at The Washington Post, noted in a tweet that the "Mexican government also keeps denying Trump's claims".

Economists had warned the pain of Trump's threatened tariffs - set to start at five percent Monday and rise incrementally to 25 percent by October - and Mexico's likely retaliatory measures would have been acute for both countries, with potentially global spillover.

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