On Saturday, June 8, President Trump praised the deal reached between the U.S. and Mexico to counteract illegal immigration through the U.S.-Mexico border, stating, “Mexico will try very hard, and if they do that, this will be a very successful agreement.”
The agreement puts a halt on a new 5 percent tariff that President Trump had threatened to impose on all Mexican imports, beginning Monday, June 10, had a deal not been reached.
Trump tweeted on Saturday, “I would like to thank the President of Mexico, Andrews Manuel Lopez Obrador, and his foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, together with all of the many representatives of both the United States and Mexico, for working so long and hard to get our agreement on immigration completed!”
Details of the agreement are still to be finalized and released over the next 90 days. However, a joint declaration issued by the State Department indicates that Mexico has agreed to take “unprecedented steps” to counteract the flow of migrants coming from Central America.
Mexico has agreed to deploy at least 6,000 National Guard troops throughout the country, beginning Monday, with a focus on stopping migrants coming through its border with Guatemala. In addition, Mexican military police have pledged to take “decisive action” to stop networks of activists known to smuggle and assist illegal immigrants.
In parallel, the United States has agreed to expand its program of sending asylum seekers from Central America back to Mexico while their claims are reviewed. The U.S. has also agreed to expedite the process of adjudicating these asylum cases.
President Trump also indicated that the latest U.S.-Mexico agreement would include updates to the current trade agreement between the two countries, with Mexico agreeing to buy more American agricultural products.
Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard also appears satisfied with the new agreement, telling reporters, “I think it was a fair balance, because [the U.S.] have more drastic measures and proposals at the start, and we have reached some middle point.”