Published: Mon, June 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Mexico, US agreed on border policies months before Trump tariff threat

Mexico, US agreed on border policies months before Trump tariff threat

Critics have said there have been no new major commitments to slow the migration of Central Americans to the United States.

The deal did not include a key US demand that Mexico accept a "safe third country" designation that would have forced it to permanently take in most Central American asylum seekers.

"People can disagree with the tactics", McAleenan added. "Donald Trump can do whatever he wants", Arenal said.

Late Friday, President Trump announced that an agreement was reached to suspend the threatened tariffs "indefinitely" in exchange for Mexico agreeing to house numerous illegal immigrants who are overtaxing America's broken asylum system. "These are agreements that Mexico had already made and, in some case, months ago", the former congressman from Texas said on ABC's "This Week".

"I hope to god that I will be able to help my sons escape the hell that we were living back home", she said, adding that she fled Guatemala after her eldest son was almost beaten to death by gang members seeking to recruit him.

Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the deal met Trump's objectives of fixing the problems along the southern border and noted that he retains the authority to impose tariffs if Mexico fails to live up to it.

Though Senate Republicans have been reluctant to go beyond expressing opposition to many of Mr. Trump's initiatives, lawmakers from farm states, especially Iowa's two Republican senators, remain vocal in their protests that Trump trade initiatives hurt agricultural exports, particularly soybeans.

"We need a decent relationship with Mexico. We should not be confronting them every other day". "However, if for some unknown reason. there is not, we can always go back to our previous, very profitable, position of Tariffs". "That will be announced at the appropriate time".

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McAleenan echoed that sentiment, saying the dangling threat of tariffs amounted to "a mechanism to make sure that they do what they promise to do, that there's an actual result that we see a vast reduction in those (migrant) numbers".

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, however, insisted during an interview on "Fox News Sunday" that "all of it is new", including the agreement to dispatch around 6,000 National Guard troops - a move Mexico has described as an "acceleration". Today, he had nothing but praise for Trump.

Johnson said, "I n general Republicans understand that tariffs are attacks on American consumers and we don't want to see them in place long-term, nor do I believe President Trump does either".

"I think the biggest message here is not to Mexico but to China that the president is clearly willing to use tariffs", Blunt said on CBS's "Face the Nation" during its airing on Sunday.

Democratic congressional leaders slammed Trump for his attempts to negotiate a deal.

During a phone call Friday evening when he was briefed on the agreement, Mr. Trump quizzed his lawyers, diplomats and immigration officials about whether they thought the deal would work. He also didn't mention agriculture in a speech attended by leading political figures in the country.

"Since 9/11, immigration has been more about border security than it ever has been before", said Victor Narro, director of UCLA Labor Center and professor in the labor and workplace studies department at the California university.

Military police officer observe immigration agents during a search at a checkpoint on a road in Tuxtla Chico, Mexico, June 9, 2019. She said there were many details discussed during negotiations that were not in the written declaration.

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