Trump renews Mexico tariff threat amid row over migration deal

Trump renews Mexico tariff threat amid row over migration deal

The Remain in Mexico policy allows Trump's border agencies to bypass the "catch and release" policy imposed by Congress and the courts.

But when asked about that deal on Monday, Mr Ebrard said that there had been no additional agreement with the United States and that the American president was likely referring to expected growth in trade following the migration deal. It also includes an agreement to publicly support the expansion of a program under which some asylum seekers are returned to Mexico as they wait out their cases.

"I think the cold, hard reality is, even though nearly none of my members were enthusiastic about the prospect of tariffs, you have to give the president credit - it worked", McConnell said, according to Politico. For a long time, for many years, people tried to get what we got in a period of a couple of days, and they couldn't get it.

"We think the distribution of responsibility on asylum should be regional", Ebrard said.

During negotiations the United States also wanted Mexico to agree to a "safe third country" agreement, where asylum seekers would be granted asylum in Mexico and be unable to claim asylum in the USA, but Mexico ultimately got the back off that request.

He said that U.S. negotiators had wanted Mexico to commit to "zero migrants" crossing its territory, but according to Mr Ebrard, that was "mission impossible". It says merely that they will be discussed in three months, "in the event the measures adopted do not have the expected results". In exchange for suspending the tariffs, Mexico agreed to help the US with illegal immigration. "You're going to reach a point where Mexicans say, 'Enough is enough.' The question is, when?"

The Wine Institute claims that "high tariff rates constitute the single most restrictive barrier to US wine exports", however, the French - known worldwide for their wine - do not import much American wine to begin with.

The United States wants Mexico to be declared a safe third country in which asylum seekers would have to seek safe harbor instead of the United States, a demand Mexico has long rejected.

Later on Monday, however, Ebrard also said that Mexico would begin talks about a possible "safe third country" agreement if migration at Mexico's southern border did not decrease within the 45 days. That demand was put on the table again by USA negotiators last week, but was not accepted by Mexico.

The deal would also send the Mexican National Guard police force to its own southern border, where many Central Americans enter Mexico.

Trump on Friday said he was dropping plans for tariffs on Mexico that he'd been threatening to impose for the previous week after the country promised new steps to stem an influx of illegal migration into the U.S.

He said the tax on those goods would increase each month the problem persisted until October, when it would cap at 25 per cent.

The pact calls for Mexico to dispatch 6,000 troops to its border with Guatemala to halt the flow of migrants from there, Honduras and El Salvador, while giving the United States new authority to force asylum-seekers to stay in Mexico while their legal cases in the USA are pending.

The president called the story "fake news" and insisted the deal was brand new. This is not the first time Mr Trump lashes out at France for its expensive wine.



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