Acting DHS Chief: Trump's Tactics Worked With Mexico

Monday, 10 Jun, 2019

And while such a measure never made it into the agreement, Mexican officials also expressed an openness to discussing something they had long opposed: having Mexico become a "safe third country", which would make it harder for asylum-seekers who pass through the country to claim refuge in the U.S.

That's thanks to what he said was an agreement in which Mexico will "take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border".

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) also said Trump had repackaged earlier agreements with Mexico to declare success in the trade standoff during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union". This after Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard reported that he proposed to the USA government to send 6,000 elements of the National Guard to the border with Guatemala, in the midst of negotiations for tariffs.

The deal, announced on Friday after three days of negotiations in Washington, averted Trump's threatened imposition of 5% import tariffs on all Mexican goods starting on Monday.

Under the deal, Mexico acknowledged and agreed to expand its policy of taking back migrants from violence-riven Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador as the U.S. processes their asylum claims. Border agents detained or turned back more than 144,000 migrants at the southwest border in May, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported Wednesday.

"I am glad President Trump has secured a commitment from the Mexican government to do more to secure their own borders and control the flow of people through their country", the statement said. The notion that you put a tariff because there are too many people crossing the border is just miles away from any letter and spirit of the WTO agreement.

Trump had threatened to impose a 5% tariff June 10 on all Mexican imports if the Mexican government did not crack down on immigrants from countries like Guatemala entering its southern border and, ultimately, attempting to cross the U.S. -Mexico border illegally or otherwise.

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), speaking on Fox News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures", defended Trump and urged action on a renegotiated North American free-trade deal.

Trump went against this report in his Twitter tirade. The 25-percent increase would be phased in over time, with five-percent tariffs to take effect on Monday.

The joint U.S. -Mexico statement on the deal mentions "further actions", but does not say what those are, nor what specifically would trigger them.

Schumer (D-NY) predicted that Trump would cave and find a reason to revoke his tariff threat towards Mexico.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said the White House's immigration deal includes an array of fresh concessions from Mexico, pushing back against questions over whether the president actually pushed Mexico to agree to new terms. Mexico, however, had already meant to deploy the National Guard to the southern border and had made that clear to US officials.

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.

"What we see is yet another example of him trying to be both the arsonist who created this problem in the first place and the firefighter who wants credit for addressing it", said Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, who represented the Texas border city of El Paso in the Congress.

However, he also said he would not allow his country to be humiliated.