Pres. Trump thanks Mexican president, govt for agreement on immigration

Monday, 10 Jun, 2019

President Donald Trump has put on hold his plan to begin imposing tariffs on Mexico, saying the US ally will take "strong measures" to reduce the flow of Central American migrants toward the U.S.border.

Mexico's president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, said on Twitter that "Thanks to the support of all Mexicans, the imposition of tariffs on Mexican products exported to the US has been avoided".

Mexico "has agreed to strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border", Trump wrote.

Trump, who ran for president pushing a tough line on immigration that included denouncing undocumented Mexicans as rapists, had vowed to raise tariffs as high as 25pc unless Mexico - which exports $350 billion in goods each year to the United States - takes further action against migrants.

"And on the other hand, we accepted to have a more extended version of (migrants remaining in Mexico during asylum claim processing) and to accelerate the deployment of the national guard", Ebrard said, calling the deal "a fair play".

As Ebrard noted in a news conference after the agreement's announcement Friday, the Mexican government did not accept the US's push for a safe third country agreement, which would require asylum seekers traveling through Mexico to make their case for American asylum in Mexico.

"We welcomed the efforts of the Mexican officials to offer solutions to the crisis at our southern border, but we need Mexico to do more", he said before departing on an Air Force Two.

Trump said on June 6 he would decide later this month whether to hit Beijing with tariffs on an additional list of $300 billion in Chinese goods.

"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 border-security standoff between Mexico and the United States ended Friday, with an agreement that averts tariffs on vegetables, vehicle parts, refrigerators, tequila and other imports that would have walloped both countries beginning Monday.

But business groups and even some close Republican allies were unhappy with the prospect of tariffs on the top USA trade partner, saying they would damage the economy.

Trump has made stopping illegal immigration a priority during his two years in office.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders weighed in on the successful agreement, saying President Trump's work with Mexico is a win for America. It was unclear, however, what - if anything - Mexico had changed.

Administration officials had said earlier Friday that they were prepared to move forward with the threatened tariffs on Mexico, even as negotiations continued in Washington over addressing the immigration issues at the heart of the standoff.

Trump tweeted Friday night that he would hold off on a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports set to take effect Monday.

Turning to Nr Trump's clashes with the WTO, Mr Lamy said it was still not clear whether the USA president was more interested in reforming the organisation, or neutralizing it.

Some such as ex-President Felipe Calderon of the conservative opposition National Action Party questioned whether Mexico was truly master of its own migratory policy. "Now that the problem is solved, I'm sure we won't be hearing any more about it in the future".