Mexico given 45 days to curb migrant flow to US

Democrats have slammed President Donald Trump's tactic of using tariff threats to press Mexico to curb the northward flow of migrants before they reach border points like this one in California

Mexico given 45 days to curb migrant flow to US

"We have fully signed and documented another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico, one that the USA has been asking about getting for many years".

US border officers caught over 132,000 people crossing from Mexico in May, the highest monthly level since 2006. "Mexico was not being co-operative on the Border in things we had, or didn't have, and now I have full confidence, especially after speaking to their President yesterday, that they will be very co-operative and want to get the job properly done".

Trump also responded to Mexico's denials that there was a border agreement in place after he lifted his tariff threat.

The Remain in Mexico Program - also known as the Migrant Protection Protocols - institutes a policy that outlines procedures under which the US government will return certain asylum seekers to Mexico to wait through the duration of their cases pending in the USA immigration court system. "We do not anticipate a problem with the vote but, if for any reason the approval is not forthcoming, Tariffs will be reinstated", he wrote.

He also teased the idea that more was agreed to than was announced Friday, saying that "some things" and "one in particular" that had been left out of the release but would be "announced at the appropriate time".

The Mexican president said despite their crackdown on immigration, Mexico would continue to respect the human rights of illegal immigrants.

On Friday, the tariffs were called off, after the United States and Mexico announced an agreement on immigration.

During the talks last week, Mexican sources said officials were resisting safe third country status, which would mean migrants seeking asylum would have to make such a request in the first safe country they crossed.

That includes a commitment by Mexico to deploy its new National Guard to the country's southern border with Guatemala - something the country already meant to do before Trump's latest threat.

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Critics have said there have been no new major commitments to slow the migration of Central Americans to the United States.

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

Ebrard also said there was no agreement between the U.S. and Mexico to buy more agricultural products under the accord, despite Trump saying over the weekend that Mexico had agreed to buy "large quantities" from U.S. farmers. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, chastised Trump for using tariffs as a threat and operating a "trade policy based on tweets".

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron (not pictured) at the Prefecture of Caen, on the sidelines of D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy, France, June 6, 2019. However, on CBS on today, the Mexican ambassador to the United States, Martha Bárcena Coqui, said only that trade would increase without the tariffs.

Mexican officials have not confirmed any new agreement on agricultural products. She said there were many details discussed during negotiations that were not in the written declaration.

She noted Mexico was already a top US trade partner in agricultural products.

In total, there are 39 new cars and trucks built by USA companies in Mexico and imported to the States.

On Saturday, Mexico's foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, tweeted that the deal should boost economic growth and therefore demand for US agricultural products, but he also stopped short of saying that the deal contained a commitment on Mexico's part to purchase more goods from the United States.

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