It’s business as usual at Mexico’s southern border despite Donald Trump deal

Migrants and residents use a makeshift raft to cross the Suchiate river from Tecun Uman in Guatemala to Ciudad Hidalgo in southern Mexico

US, Mexico sign agreement to slow immigration, avoid tariffs

"Mexico will try very hard, and if they do that, this will be a very successful agreement for both the United States and Mexico!" the President wrote in a tweet.

"There's already been billions of dollars lost because of the delays when Trump took all those (U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers) from us (in April)", said Jerry Pacheco, president of the Border Industrial Association in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

"We have been trying to get some of these Border Actions for a long time, as have other administrations, but were not able to get them, or get them in full, until our signed agreement with Mexico". "The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the US on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended", President Donald Trump said Friday on Twitter.

Regarding Donald Trump's statement that "his country does not need Mexico, but Mexico does need the United States" Lopez Obrador responded with a smaile and a gesture of peace and love.

A delegation led by Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard was at the U.S. State Department in Washington Friday for talks aimed at avoiding the levies.

The deal will also see Mexico deploy the National Guard police force to its southern border, where many Central American migrants enter Mexico.

The United States and Mexico both agreed to enhance cooperation to protect U.S. -Mexico border, "including information sharing", the declaration added. "I told him that in Tijuana I would say that I do not lift a clenched fist but an open and frank hand to the president of the United States".

Throughout Thursday and Friday, White House officials echoed their boss by insisting he planned to go ahead with the 5 percent tariffs if no deal was reached.

President Donald Trump has put on hold his plan to begin imposing tariffs on Mexico on Monday, saying the US ally will take "strong measures" to reduce the flow of Central American migrants into the United States.

Carlos Pascual, a former USA ambassador to Mexico, praised the deal as preferable to the downward spiral of a tit-for-tat trade war, but acknowledged it left Mexico open to further pressure. They are truly The Enemy of the People!' Trump said.

Trump tweeted Friday night that he would hold off on a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports set to take effect Monday. But Short said Trump could "turn that off" over the weekend if negotiations "continue to go well", which appeared to be the route Trump chose Friday. Trump threatened to keep raising import duties on Mexican goods up to 25% unless Mexico acted to stem what he has called an "invasion". "Thanks to the support of all Mexicans, the imposition of tariffs on Mexican products exported to the US has been avoided", he said, calling for a gathering to celebrate in Tijuana Saturday.

The peso, which had been pummeled in recent months on fears over a trade war, on Friday strengthened 0.5% after Trump tweeted that there was a "good chance" a deal would be reached with Mexico.

President Donald Trump blindsided observers around the world last week when he announced tariffs on Mexico. About 10,000 people have been returned to Mexico to wait the processing of their immigration cases since the program began January 29.

"The deployment throughout the country has been- has already begun and it will increase next Monday", she said.

He was in "absolutely no doubt" that the WTO would have found in favor of Mexico if López Obrador had asked it to arbitrate the dispute with Trump, a process he said would have taken around two years.

Trump, a Republican, has made stemming illegal immigration a signature issue of his presidency, vowing to build a wall on the border, although Congress has refused to fund that measure.

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