Trump reveals Mexico migrant plan by waving document around

Andrew Cummings
June 12, 2019

"This is the first time we've heard anything like this kind of number of law enforcement being deployed in Mexico to address migration, not just at the southern border but also on the transportation routes to the northern border and in coordinated patrols in key areas along our southwest border", he said, adding that "people can disagree with the tactics" but that "Mexico came to the table with real proposals" that will be effective, if implemented.

President Trump pulled a one-page paper from his pocket Tuesday and waved it to reporters, saying it contained the details of the secret side agreement he says he struck with Mexico to reduce illegal immigration at the border.

The president said that he doesn't expect the latter to be "a problem" but would reinstate tariffs if necessary.

Trump hints a secret portion of the agreement has yet to be announced.

That includes a commitment by Mexico to deploy its new National Guard to the country's southern border with Guatemala - something the country already meant to do before Trump's latest threat. "If they bring the numbers way down, we won't". And Trump would not say during a call-in interview with CNBC Monday morning.

President Donald Trump blasted The New York Times and CNN on Sunday as being "the enemy of the people" in response to reporting that he said was false regarding the deal the administration just secured with Mexico.

"It will go into effect when Mexico tells me it's okay to release it", he said at one point in talking to reporters.

Trump said he was going to slap steadily escalating tariffs on Mexico unless it did more to help with the border crisis, a threat with huge downside risks.

The tariff would have been imposed Monday, but Trump said he reached a deal with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for the nation to assist. It has to be brought by their legislative body, it's got to be taken to a vote.

A senior administration official said over the weekend that Mexico had expressed openness to the idea during negotiations, and that it was something the countries would continue to discuss over the coming months.

"They wanted something else totally different ... to be signed", Ebrard said Monday.

Ebrard also said there was no agreement between the USA and Mexico to buy more agricultural products under the accord, despite Trump saying over the weekend that Mexico had agreed to buy "large quantities" from United States farmers. It's no secret that the US has been pushing Mexico in this direction for a while (indeed, prior talks that the Times calls "secret" were publicly announced). US officials had been working to expand the program, which has led to the return of about 11,000 to Mexico without Mexico's public embrace. To meet its commitments to Washington, Mexican migration facilities in the south need to be revamped, he said. Since many travel with children - who can not be held in detention longterm - they are released into the United States to await the resolution of their asylum cases, something the president calls " catch and release". This would have the same effect as "safe third country" agreements, keeping migrants from traveling through countries where they could seek asylum if they weren't desperate to get to the United States for economic reasons.

Verza reported from Mexico City.

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