The clearest indication that both sides acknowledge that the agreement may prove insufficient is in part of Friday`s agreement entitled “Additional Measures.” In addition, the agreement will work to ensure that the Mexican authorities work to reduce migrant trafficking. President Trump has abandoned his threat of tariffs on Mexican imports of billions of euros after negotiators agreed on measures to stem the flow of migrants from Mexico to the United States, diverting a potentially devastating trade struggle for both countries. On Saturday, Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo said the government was looking forward to reducing illegal immigration and making the border “strong and safe” by working with Mexico to comply with the agreement. “Everyone is very excited about the new agreement with Mexico!” Trump tweeted Saturday. “Mexico will make a lot of effort and if they do, it will be a very successful agreement for both the United States and Mexico!” the president wrote in another tweet. It was unclear whether Mr. Trump believed the deal was actually new and broader concessions, or whether the president understood the limits of the agreement, but accepted it as a way to preserve the face of escaping the political and economic consequences of the imposition of tariffs on Mexico, which he began threatening less than two weeks ago. The agreement did not require the United States to accept a “safe third country” designation that requires the country to take in most Central American asylum seekers on a sustainable period. Overall, the North American Free Trade Agreement – concluded between the three amigos of the United States, Mexico and Canada – came into force on January 1, 1994. On May 30, Trump announced that from June 10, he would apply a 5% tariff on all products imported from Mexico if Mexico does not take steps to stop the flow of migrants from Central America to the United States. After that, he said, tariffs will increase by 5% each month until they reach 25% in October, unless the government is satisfied with the Mexican government`s immigration efforts. Ebrard stressed U.S.
support for the agreement for a Mexican proposal to jointly address the root causes of migration from Central America. Mr. Trump`s agreement has been at the heart of extending a program that allows asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their trials continue. But the agreement was reached in December in a couple of carefully negotiated diplomatic notes that the two countries exchanged. Nielsen announced the protocols for the protection of migrants five days before Christmas, during a hearing of the House of Representatives Justice Committee. “I think it`s the right balance: they had more drastic measures and proposals at the beginning, and we reached a midpoint,” he said, adding that the Deployment of the National Guard would begin on Monday. In a phone call Friday night when he was informed of the deal, Mr. Trump asked his lawyers, diplomats and immigration officials if they thought the deal would work.
His assistants said yes, but they acknowledged that they were also realistic, that the increase in immigration could continue. There was no direct evidence of the publication of the agreement. Friday`s agreement did not meet any U.S. proposal to return asylum seekers from Guatemala to Mexico and Honduran and Salvadoran asylum seekers to Guatemala, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said. A joint statement between the United States and Mexico, released late Friday, said the United States would “immediately expand the implementation” of a program that brings asylum seekers crossing the southern border back to Mexico while their claims are condemned. Mexico will “provide jobs, health care and education for these people,” he said.