Trump Claims 'Biggest Part of Mexico Deal' Not Revealed

Cheryl Sanders
June 13, 2019

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday (June 11) insisted there was more to the migrant deal with Mexico announced over the weekend, even after Mexican officials unveiled new details of the agreement, and waved around a document that he said proved his point.

Trump, who has made tightening immigration a cornerstone issue and has blamed Mexico since running for office in 2016, did not show the text of any document or give any details, but a Reuters photograph of the sheet of paper allowed reporters to read parts of it.

The deal lays out "a regional approach to burden-sharing in relation to the processing of refugee status claims to migrants", the document said.

Mexico and the United States signed the deal on Friday, with Mexico agreeing to take steps here to control the flow of people from Central America, including deploying 6,000 members of a new national guard along its border with Guatemala. Increasing numbers of Central American families and unaccompanied minors seeking asylum from violence have been turning themselves in to US border agents who have long focused on catching mainly single, adult Mexicans trying to cross.

Besides, the Mexico's Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard had been quoted saying on his Monday's (June 11th) speech that such measures to involve Brazil and Panama into their asylum deal would require, if number of illegal migrants entering into USA soil through its southern border failed to decline within a timeframe of one and a half months.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said in Washington on June 7 that he was satisfied with the deal.

"Agriculture is a significant piece of the global economy and it simply doesn't make sense to leave it out", US Senator Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the tax and trade-focused Senate Finance Committee, said in April.

Following a visit to Normandy last week, Trump stated in an interview with CNBC, "France charges us a lot for the wine". Given that the USA immigration system is overwhelmed by asylum requests, the two countries have agreed that some will be resolved on Mexican soil. The tariffs would gradually increase from 5 percent up to a ceiling of 25 percent by October if the Mexican government did not take action to curb illegal immigration into the United States, Trump said in a tweet. They have also blasted the Trump administration's handling of the migrants, calling it a humanitarian disaster. In an apparent reference to the regional asylum concept, he said the United States was also talking to Brazil, Central American nations and Panama.

"Mexico is doing a great job at the border, really helping us", he said Tuesday. "Mexico is open to negotiations if we fail, but we're not going to fail", he told a news conference. "The idea is to make the south like the north as far as possible".

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