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

No expansion yet of US-Mexico asylum program after Trump deal

No expansion yet of US-Mexico asylum program after Trump deal

Trump had said the tariffs could rise to as high as 25% by October 1, a threat that was met with concern from local and national business advocacy groups as well as members of Congress.

The deal to avert tariffs that President Trump announced with great fanfare on Friday night consists largely of actions that Mexico had already promised to take in prior discussions with the United States over the past several months, according to officials from both countries who are familiar with the negotiations.

"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.

"This is likely to have only a small impact on solving the root causes of Central American migration because numerous components are things Mexico had already said they would do", Schumer said on Twitter.

The decision - announced by tweet late Friday - ended a showdown that business leaders warned would have disastrous economic consequences for both the US and one of its largest trading partners, driving up consumer prices and driving a wedge between the two allies.

The agreement means Mexico will send 6,000 troops to its southern border with Guatemala to help control migration and vowing to crack down on human trafficking and smuggling networks.

Farm states, among the strongest of Trump's supporters, have been hit hard by the president's trade war against China, and the threat of additional action against Mexico had some farm-state senators up in arms.

With the tariff threat gone, at least for now, and Mexico agreeing to at least some items on the table, the good news is that a deal means no added pain for American wallets and purses.

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"I think what the world is exhausted of and what I am exhausted of is a president who consistently goes to war, verbal war with our allies, whether it is Mexico, whether it is Canada", he said.

On Saturday, Mexico's minister of foreign affairs Marcelo Ebrard tweeted that the deal should boost economic growth and therefore demand for USA agricultural products, but he also stopped short of saying that the deal contained a commitment on Mexico's part to purchase more goods from the United States.

Trump added that if Mexico fails to meet his expectations "for some unknown reason", then "we can always go back to our previous, very profitable, position of Tariffs". "And on the other hand, we accepted to have a more extended version of (migrants remaining in Mexico during asylum claim processing) and to accelerate the deployment of the national guard", Ebrard said, calling the deal "a fair play".

Republican lawmakers appeared relieved in talk-show appearances.

"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", he said on Fox News.

Beto O'Rourke, a former congressman from the border city of El Paso, Texas who is also pursuing the Democratic nomination, was among the critics challenging how much Trump had actually accomplished. They called on Trump to begin talks on bipartisan immigration legislation.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a sharply worded statement Saturday saying Trump had "undermined America's preeminent leadership role in the world" by threatening tariffs against Mexico.

"Threats and temper tantrums are no way to negotiate foreign policy", she said. And while the "third safe country" agreement did not make it into the deal, it is something officials plan to continue to discuss in the coming months.

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