Published: Tue, June 11, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Trump claims victory on Mexican migration

Trump claims victory on Mexican migration

"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".

"It's just another aspect of what we've done", replied Trump during a brief event on the White House South Lawn honoring the race auto team that won this year's Indianapolis 500 race.

Donald Trump returned to the offensive over criticism of his immigration deal with Mexico on Monday, accusing the New York Times of "sick journalism" for a report which said key components of the deal, announced on Friday, had been agreed for months.

Mexican officials on Monday denied any such side agreement on controlling migrants.

Jason D. Meister is an Advisory Board Member of Donald J. Trump for President Inc. "But if they're not, we're going to have to participate in this kind of discussion".

Mexico also agreed to take back more Central American asylum seekers who cross their territory en route to the U.S. That is an expansion of the Migration Protection Protocols, a program that the U.S. announced previous year that has been tried on a small basis but will now be in effect borderwide.

"I don't know exactly what he's talking about", said Juan Carlos Hidalgo, a Latin America analyst at the Cato Institute.

While some Democrats feared Mr. Trump did too well, clamping down on asylum seekers, others said he accepted an agreement that didn't secure new concessions from Mexico.

There was no sign of a new deployment in Tapachula, the entry point for the migrant caravans that have crossed Mexico in recent months, AFP correspondents said.

He did not provide details but threatened tariffs if Mexico's Congress did not approve the plan. "If they don't get approval, we'll have to think in terms of tariffs", he said.

Mexico is now one of the largest trading partners for the United States, just behind China and Canada. Approval from the Mexican lawmakers could come within a week.

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Some critics said the deal was nothing more than a way for the president to save face after threatening unpopular tariffs against Mexico.

Soldiers stand guard to watch for passing migrants riding in public transportation in Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, Sunday, June 9, 2019.

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. "What did we win?"

Ebrard said he thought Trump might be making a calculation based on Mexican agricultural imports when freed from the threat of tariffs.

Speaking at a regular government news conference alongside President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Ebrard said if Mexico managed to reduce the number of people entering the country, it would show steps taken by the Mexican government are working.

Markets were relieved over the deal struck Friday. To curtail illegal crossings, Trump declared a national emergency and diverted billions in Pentagon funds to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.

"Now that that problem is solved, I'm sure we won't be hearing any more about it in the future", Schumer added.

Over the weekend, Trump announced a deal with Mexico had been reached in order to hold off tariffs that were set to go into affect today.

'Additionally, and for many years, Mexico was not being cooperative on the Border in things we had, or didn't have, and now I have full confidence, especially after speaking to their President yesterday, that they will be very cooperative and want to get the job properly done, ' he continued in the thread. "Sick Journalism", he tweeted.

President Trump is defending his deal with Mexico after calling off threats of tariffs in exchange for more assistance from the country in keeping migrants from crossing the southern border into the United States.

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