Trump Is Undermining His Own Immigration Agenda With Attacks on Mexico

Joanna Estrada
April 24, 2018

Mr Trump's threats to exit NAFTA have unnerved U.S. industry and members of his own Republican party, who say the United States has benefited from the pact.

"The U.S. still needs to be more flexible so there are conditions to create jobs in Mexico, the United States and Canada", said Juan Pablo Castanon, head of the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial, the umbrella group representing Mexican private sector interests at the NAFTA talks.

But Mr. Nielsen said if they are seeking a safe place away from their Central American homes they would stop in Mexico, where they are now traveling, and where authorities are able to provide asylum.

The president voiced similar concerns earlier this month, claiming that Mexico was doing very little to stop the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs into the United States and suggesting that he could use NAFTA as leverage on those issues.

Central American migrants who intend to claim asylum regularly enter the country outside designated ports of entry - which is illegal - and turn themselves over to Border Patrol officers to officially make their claim.

Immigration authorities will closely scrutinize asylum seekers traveling in a caravan to the US border and swiftly detain and deport those who don't have credible claims, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen promised Monday.

The tweet also comes as the Trump administration has taken steps to increase border security.

Along its journey, the caravan dwindled as Mexican immigration authorities detained and deported some migrants who did not have a right to stay in Mexico. Earlier this month, 600 migrants left Mexico City en route to the United States to apply for asylum. "WALL", he wrote, describing the USA immigration policy as a "disgrace".

President Trump called on Mexico to put a stop to people traveling through Mexico to the U.S., while praising that country's border laws as "very tough".

This was Videgaray's response to President Donald Trump, who let possibility open to demand Mexico more migration control as a condition to safeguard the NAFTA negotiations, in which Canada also participates. "Our country cannot accept what is happening", President Trump said in a Tweet.

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