Evan Vucci, AP President Donald Trump speaks at Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, an ethanol producer, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. "You would never have had that deal" without the threat, he said at the White House.
"We talk every week", Marcelo Ebrard said at the National Palace in Mexico City on Wednesday, adding that talks have been launched on a permanent basis to attend to the emergency.
"There is no other thing beyond what I have just explained", said Ebrard. Asylum seekers who cross into the USA will be quickly returned to Mexico where they'll wait for their claims to be resolved; the US agreed to accelerate adjudication of those legal matters.
As Roger Noriega, a former US ambassador to the Organization of American States, pointed out during an interview for the American Enterprise Institute's new podcast (which I co-host), it would also put the human smugglers out of business.
Trump brandished a folded sheet of white A4 paper while giving a statement outside the White House, which was captured by multiple photographers.
Trump, who has made containing illegal immigration a priority issue and has blamed Mexico for the problem since running for office in 2016, did not show the text of any document or give any details.
Vice President Mike Pence also referred to a regional approach, suggesting Guatemala could receive asylum seekers from its neighbors.
The foreign minister also said that Mexico had established a working group with a number of Central American countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador to coordinate efforts in ebbing the flow of illegal immigration. If Mexico is designated a "safe third country", Noriega says, "people will no longer be paying coyotes their life savings to get to the United States, because they are not going to pay that to get to Mexico". The members of Trump's party were caught unawares when he had announced the Mexican tariffs the previous week. "It's very simple. It's right here". This is one page.
As part of the deal reached last Friday with Washington, Mexico agreed to an expansion of the program known as Migrant Protection Protocol, though the United States has run into its own logistical obstacles to ramping it up. Are they going to be this modern, professional security force that Mexico's president says they're going to be?
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The President had been threatening to impose tariffs on Mexican goods imported into the US for months in a bid to encourage the country's government to step up enforcement on illegal immigration.
In comments on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would evaluate "daily" the progress of Mexico's efforts.