US & Mexico reach an agreement on migration, which impedes Trump’s tariff planAfter the marathon talks and threats of economic sanctions, Mexico and the United States reached an agreement to curb immigration and avoid punitive US tariffs on Mexican exports, President Trump tweeted on Friday.
The agreement deactivates, at least for now, the widespread concerns of economic turmoil on both sides of the border if Trump carried out his threats to impose ever-increasing sanctions on all imports from Mexico starting on Monday, which could disrupt thousands. of millions of dollars of trade.
In a tweet on Friday night, shortly after returning to Washington from a five-day visit to the United Kingdom and France, Trump said the two parties had signed an agreement and that tariffs had been “suspended indefinitely.”
Mexico, he wrote, “has agreed to take energetic measures” to stop the migration through Mexico and towards the border of the United States. “This is being done to reduce or eliminate to a large extent the illegal immigration that comes from Mexico to the United States,” he added.
Trump faced strong pressure from Republicans in Congress, business leaders, the auto industry and border states that opposed the tariffs.
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He said the two sides agreed to firmer efforts by Mexico to prevent asylum seekers from reaching the US. US, Including a larger border patrol and a quicker return to Mexico of asylum seekers arriving in the United States.
“The governments of the United States and Mexico will work together to immediately implement a durable solution,” the State Department said.
“Rates will not be applied,” Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said on Friday night via Twitter.
White House officials did not respond to requests for information about the policy change after insisting throughout the week that Trump was likely to impose trade sanctions.
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Republican and close ally of Trump, tweeted “congratulations” for reaching an agreement that said “would substantially reduce the number of illegal immigrants arriving in Mexico.”
The Democrats were more skeptical that Trump had achieved something. “Crawling out of the limb and, predictably, declaring victory,” David Axelrod, a former political adviser to President Obama, tweeted.
Mexican diplomats and trade officials, meeting with their counterparts in the United States, worked all week to highlight the steps they were already taking to curb the increase in Central American migrants fleeing their countries of origin to the United States.
But Trump administration officials insisted that Mexico become a refuge for asylum seekers, preventing them from traveling to the United States. This remained a key blocking point.
Trump and the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, had expressed a reserved optimism that it was possible to reach an agreement early Friday. But the two sides had key differences about immigration.
Ebrard, the Foreign Secretary, met with the US Secretary of State. US Michael R. Pompeo and other officials at the State Department for more than 10 hours on Friday, as both parties considered the best way to reduce the flow of migrants.
Ebrard informed the US delegation. UU From a 4-month Mexican operation to deploy some units of a 60,000-member National Guard on the southern Mexican border to assist in recent efforts to arrest and deport Central Americans.
Mexican officials have complained that the Trump government has not recognized their efforts to try to stifle the flow of migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
Last week, Trump threatened to impose the 5% tariff on Mexican imports, with monthly increases until tariffs reach 25% in October, unless Mexico does more to stop the growing flow of Central American migrants northward to seek asylum in the United States. .
The previous Friday, on Twitter, Trump had said there was a “good chance” that the two sides would reach an agreement to eliminate tariffs and prevent consumer prices from rising on both sides of the border.
“If we are able to reach an agreement with Mexico, and there is a strong possibility that we do, they will start buying agricultural and agricultural products at very high levels, starting immediately,” Trump wrote from Air Force One when he returned from UK.