Trump says secret deal with Mexico takes effect when he wants

Marco Green
June 12, 2019

"And, specifically, the Democrats, they have to get their act together", he told reporters at the White House.

Three Mexican officials said Saturday they were not aware of any side accord in the works, and that agricultural trade hadn't been discussed during three days of negotiations in Washington that culminated in a joint communique late Friday. And it means crime. "There is no other thing". That's a lot. And we're moving along very rapidly. As we've repeatedly said before, it's shameful that the U.S. Congress doesn't make the policy changes that could alleviate the border crisis immediately.

Trump has said his agreement with Mexico - made after he threatened to increase tariffs on its goods if the country didn't stop illegal immigrants from crossing into the US - has secret provisions that have not been revealed. "Additionally, and for many years, Mexico was not being cooperative on the Border in things we had, or didn't have, and now I have full confidence, especially after speaking to their President yesterday, that they will be very cooperative and want to get the job properly done".

A Border Patrol agent prepares to search an illegal alien from Mexico who tried to evade capture after crossing the Rio Grande into the United States near McAllen, Texas, on April 18, 2019.

Trump waved the ostensible agreement in front of reporters amid questions on whether his administration really did reach a substantial agreement last week to stem the flow of hundreds of thousands of migrants who pass through Mexico to enter the Untied States. If not, Mexico agrees to consider a long-standing US demand that Central American asylum seekers crossing through Mexico apply for refuge there, not the United States, Ebrard said on Monday, dropping his previous opposition to that idea.

The agreement gives the Mexican government another 45 days to achieve that.

But on Monday, Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard held up a paper and pointed to the previously announced details, including Mexico's deployment of 6,000 troops to its border with Guatemala to thwart the surge of Central American migrants heading to the United States.

However, he said other Latin American countries should share the burden, something that the United States appeared to have agreed to.

Verza reported from Mexico City.

Additional aspects had been agreed upon but have not been released, according to Trump.

The president has argued not all details in his agreement with Mexico to stop illegal immigrants from crossing the border have been released yet as his way of pushing back against a New York Times report that the details between the two countries had been worked out months ago. Under this arrangement, we can return asylum-seekers to Mexico while their claims - nearly always ultimately rejected - are adjudicated.

While waving a one-page deal to media at the White House lawns, President Trump knew less that the sources could leak his agreement, or he might intend it. It's all done. And they have to get approval, and they will get approval.

He added: "I've seen some reporting that says that these countless hours were nothing, that they amounted to a waste of time".

Trump is convinced it will result in a deal. "But they have to get approval from their legislative body".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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