Trump defends deal with Mexico to stem migrant flows, prevent tariffs

Vice President Mike Pence says they are

US reaches signed agreement with Mexico, tariff plan suspended

The announcement was made in a message Trump posted on Twitter. "Additionally, Mexico has reportedly agreed to a major overhaul of reasonable asylum protocols, which would require asylum applicants to seek permanent refuge in the first country they arrive in after fleeing their home countries", adds the article.

The Department of Homeland Security said this week that USA apprehensions of migrants illegally crossing the border in May hit the highest level in more than a decade: 132,887. "Mexico will also offer jobs, healthcare and education according to its principles", the statement reads.

Mexico also agreed to take stronger measures to curb the flow of migrants, including deploying militarized National Guard forces on its southern border beginning on Monday.

"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.

Some lawmakers had warned Trump against implementing tariffs against Mexico, with some suggesting that Congress enact measures to block them. Trump's Friday night tweet marked a sharp reversal from earlier in the day, when his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters: "Our position has not changed. President Trump proved he wasn't bluffing, and his bold leadership just resulted in a huge win for America's safety and security".

"I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico". Through June 5, 10,393 mostly Central Americans have been sent back to Mexico since the program started in January. His criticism of Mr Trump's tariffs reflects wider misgivings about the United States going it alone.

The US president had always been insisting that Mexico is "sending" migrants across its northern border and does little to combat the drug cartels, smugglers, and human traffickers.

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

Lamy said it was still not clear whether the United States president was more interested in reforming the WTO or neutralizing it.

But Leticia Calderón Cheluis, a migration expert at the Mora Institute in Mexico City, said the agreement is essentially a series of compromises exclusively by Mexico, which she said committed to "a double clamp at both borders".

He has made hard line efforts to reduce illegal immigration a cornerstone of his presidency and it is certain to be a key issue in his re-election bid next year.

Pence was among the administration officials involved in the talks while the president was in Europe.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer reacted with sarcasm about the agreement late on Friday. "Now that the problem is solved, I'm sure we won't be hearing any more about it in the future".

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