Under the deal, the U.S. will expand the "Remain in Mexico" policy, officially known as the Migrant Protection Protocol, under which asylum seekers are required to stay in Mexico while USA immigration authorities review their applications. His aides said yes, but admitted that they were also realistic that the surge of immigration might continue.
The agreement puts to an end - for now - a threat that had sparked dire warnings from members of Trump's own party, who signalled that the tariffs would damage the American economy, drive up prices for consumers and imperil an updated North American trade pact.
Next day the New York Times published a story that apparently attempted to pour cold water on Donald Trump and his deal, saying it "consists largely of actions that Mexico had already promised to take in prior discussions with the United States over the past several months".
"I hope to god that I will be able to help my sons escape the hell that we were living back home", she said, adding that she fled Guatemala after her eldest son was almost beaten to death by gang members seeking to recruit him. "This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States", Trump said.
The deal was announced Friday night.
His government also agreed to take stronger measures to curb the flow of migrants, including deploying National Guard forces on its southern border beginning on Monday. Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said that the deployment would start June 10.
Republicans in Congress had also warned the White House that they were ready to stand up to the president to try to block his tariffs, which they anxious would spike costs to US consumers, harm the economy and imperil a major pending US-Mexico-Canada trade deal.
As illegal immigration overwhelmed border officials and facilities, Trump responded with a threat of tariffs on Mexico that were scheduled to go into effect Monday, but he "indefinitely suspended" them in light of the newly announced U.S. -Mexico deal.More news: No more FedEx air shipments for Amazon after this month
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"Mexico will try very hard, and if they do that, this will be a very successful agreement for both the United States and Mexico!" the President wrote in a tweet.
Trump added that if Mexico fails to meet his expectations "for some unknown reason", then "we can always go back to our previous, very profitable, position of Tariffs".
"As of today, we haven't been informed of anything", said Ricardo Calderon, an official with Tamaulipas' state migrants institute. As of May, officials said they had apprehended nearly 600,000 illegal aliens on the southern border this fiscal year.
On this weekend's broadcast of "Fox News Sunday", Senate Homeland Security Committee chairman Sen.
That said, the Wisconsin lawmaker added, "I think he used them as leverage in this situation brilliantly".
On Saturday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Trump in a statement of having "undermined America's preeminent leadership role in the world by recklessly threatening to impose tariffs on our close friend and neighbor to the south".
Beto O'Rourke, a former congressman from the border city of El Paso, Texas who is also pursuing the Democratic nomination, was among the critics challenging how much Trump had actually accomplished. She said there were many details discussed during negotiations that were not in the written declaration. "These are agreements that Mexico had already made, in some cases months ago".