Mexico denies Trump's claim of secret concessions in migrant deal

Wednesday, 12 Jun, 2019

President Donald Trump on Monday afternoon continued to tease an unannounced agreement between the U.S. and Mexico, despite the Mexican Foreign Minister's declaration that there was no secret or outstanding deal between the two nations.

They said of the plan: "Thousands of Central Americans will wait for a resolution to the migratory situation, being exposed to the grave risks of Mexican border cities and being impeded in their access to legal assistance". The Mexican peso was up more than 2% against the dollar but major risks remain for the currency.

But Mr Ebrard said there had been no additional agreement with the U.S. and that the American president was probably referring to expected growth in trade following the migration deal. It has also pledged to reinforce its southern border with Guatemala with 6,000 members of its National Guard militarized police force.

Stung by criticism that his deal to avert threatened Mexican tariffs mostly ramps up existing border efforts, President Donald Trump is insisting there's more to it than meets the eye.

However, if for some unknown reason there is not, we can always go back to our previous, very profitable, position of Tariffs - But I don't believe that will be necessary.

The Mexican bishops' conference questioned the details of a deal in which Mexico will strengthen security along its southern border with Guatemala and impede the path of migrants fleeing poverty, violence and food insecurity. Companies that have supply chains extending deep into Mexico creating products for the USA market will be wary of sinking more money into a country whose goods could soon be subject to significantly higher tariffs. "It is a regional system".

Mexico is now one of the largest trading partners for the U.S., just behind China and Canada.

Numerous migrants are families trying to escape poverty and violent crime in Central America, one of the most impoverished areas in the Western Hemisphere.

If the number was not down by then, a regional solution would be sought. Migrants from African countries regularly fly to Brazil before making the arduous journey north. She told CBS' "Face the Nation" that the countries' "joint declaration of principles. gives us the base for the road map that we have to follow in the incoming months on immigration and cooperation on asylum issues and development in Central America".

It has also agreed to support the expansion of the scheme that returns asylum seekers already in the USA to Mexico to wait out the processing of their claims. Discussions would begin with Brazil, Panama and Guatemala - the countries now used by migrants as transit points.

The New York Times has also tried to disregard the crisis at our southern border, calling it a drama of President Trump's own making.

The U.S., for its part, agreed to speed up hearing asylum cases in U.S. immigration courts. Cuccinelli, a former attorney general of Virginia, has developed a reputation as a hardliner on immigration. Given that the US immigration system is overwhelmed by asylum requests, the two countries have agreed that some will be resolved on Mexican soil. Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.