Mexico Agree to New Deal on Trade, Illegal Immigration, Tariffs Suspended

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard
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Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard Saul Loeb AFP Getty Images

The deal was struck after three days of talks and as...

Under terms announced late Friday, Mexico agreed to keep Central American migrants seeking asylum in the USA on its side of the border until their cases are decided.

The U.S. committed to accelerate asylum claims while Mexico said it will "offer jobs, healthcare and education according to its principles".

The Migrant Protection Protocols plan, announced in December, is aimed at curbing the increasing number of families arriving mostly from Central America who say they fear returning to their home countries due to threats of violence.

"We are in a full-blown emergency, and I can not say this stronger: the system is broken", acting CBP Commissioner John Sanders told the Post, saying agents have apprehended over 680,000 migrants in the past eight months, more than the population of Miami.

"I am pleased to inform you that the U.S. has reached a signed agreement with Mexico".

Mexico's foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, said the resolution was fair and balanced and that the United States originally had made more sweeping demands than were part of the final deal.

"Additionally, the United States and Mexico commit to strengthen bilateral cooperation, including information sharing and coordinated actions to better protect and secure our common border", the State Department said in a joint declaration.

USA border officers detained more than 132,000 people crossing from Mexico in May, the highest level since 2006.

A big part of the agreement announced Friday was an expansion of a program that makes asylum seekers stay in Mexico while their cases are considered.

Senator Joni Ernst, who represents the farming state of Iowa and had broken with Trump on the tariffs, said that her state was "breathing a sigh of relief" with the deal. Many members of Trump's Republican Party and business allies had urged him to reconsider - or at least postpone actually implementing the tariffs as talks continue - citing the potential harm to American consumers and manufactures.

Mexico made concessions during the talks, offering to send 6,000 troops to its southern border with Guatemala, but has said it wants to see a long-term solution that would involve economic development aid. Those measures will include deploying the militarized National Guard security force to its southern border.

"There is dialogue and an agreement can be reached", Lopez Obrador said. Beyond Trump and several White House advisers, though, few in his administration had believed the tariffs were a good idea, according to officials familiar with internal deliberations.

This is an historic night! He added it was a mistake, though, for the U.S.to link migration with trade, saying again that migration must be addressed by solving social and economic problems in Central America.

Mexico had prepared a list of possible retaliatory tariffs targeting products from agricultural and industrial states regarded as Trump's electoral base, a tactic China has also used with an eye toward the Republican president's 2020 re-election bid.

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