Mexico, US agreed on border policies months before Trump tariff threat


US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed Saturday the US-Mexico migration deal announced earlier by US President Donald Trump, saying that the agreement was based on a reckless threat to our "close friend and neighbour to the south".

"The United States looks forward to working alongside Mexico to fulfil these commitments so that we can stem the tide of illegal migration across our southern border and to make our border strong and secure", Pompeo said. Details of this agreement will be released shortly by the State Department.

Schumer (D-NY) predicted that Trump would cave and find a reason to revoke his tariff threat towards Mexico.

The Mexican government reportedly deployed their military to its southern border this week; offering major immigration concessions to the Trump administration to avoid proposed tariffs scheduled to take effect Monday. The rate would have increased every month until the tariff reached 25 percent.

US officials were nonetheless surprised when talks resumed Thursday and Mexico agreed to some of the things Pence had put on the table, including an expansion of a program that forces some asylum-seekers to return to Mexico as they wait for their cases to be adjudicated.

Trump ran in 2016 pledging to crack down on illegal immigration, but instead has watched as the number of border crossings has spiked to its highest level in over a decade - with U.S. Border Patrol apprehending more than 132,000 people in May, including a record 84,542 adults and children traveling together.

President Trump announced on Friday that the United States and Mexico have signed an agreement that will prevent the tariffs from being implemented on Monday.

Thousands of asylum seekers have already been sent back to Mexico, prompting criticism from human rights campaigners that the migrants will lack due process and face new danger in border cities such as Ciudad Juarez.

"The governments of the U.S. and Mexico will work together to immediately implement a durable solution", it said.

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Trump concluded by revealing that Mexico had also agreed to ease the burden felt by American farmers, noting in all caps, "MEXICO HAS AGREED TO IMMEDIATELY BEGIN BUYING LARGE QUANTITIES OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT FROM OUR GREAT PATRIOT FARMERS!".

Talks between the United States and Mexico intensified in recent days.

Migrants and residents use a makeshift raft to cross the Suchiate river from El Carmen in Guatemala to Talisman in Chiapas State, Mexico, on June 7, 2019.

The deal was struck after three days of talks and as...

Congress, she said, will hold the White House "accountable for its failures to address the humanitarian situation at our southern border".

Some Republican lawmakers, normally close political allies of Trump, had said they would try to block any potential tariffs with legislation, which also would draw wide support from opposition Democrats.

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"Now that that problem is solved, I'm sure we won't be hearing any more about it in the future", he added.