Trump waves paper with Mexico immigration plans written on it

Elias Hubbard
June 12, 2019

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 usa - has secret provisions that have not been revealed. "In here is everything you want to talk about, it's right here", he said, without opening it up. It follows an agreement reached with the Trump administration on Friday, at which Mexico pledged to up its game in stemming the flow of migrants trying to get into US. But this is actually ultimately going to be good for Mexico, too.

"Tariffs are a great negotiating tool, a great revenue producers and, most importantly, a powerful way to get companies to come to the United States of America and to get companies that have left us for other lands to come back home", Trump tweeted.

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

Revealing more details of Mexico's strategy for rapidly putting the brakes on immigration, Ebrard said on Tuesday that border infrastructure on its southern frontier would be improved significantly.

Ebrard told a news conference on Monday that Trump was referring to possible further measures to pressure countries other than the USA to share the burden.

In total, there are 39 new cars and trucks built by USA companies in Mexico and imported to the States.

Mexico's ambassador to the U.S. predicted on Sunday that trade in agricultural goods "could increase dramatically" now that tariffs aren't going ahead and if the USMCA, the trilateral trade pact with the U.S., Mexico and Canada created to replace NAFTA, is ratified - but didn't cite a specific deal with Washington on farm purchases. That demand was put on the table again by United States negotiators last week, but was not accepted by Mexico.

He said Mexico had not agreed to implement a "safe third country" system, which would need approval by Mexican lawmakers, and it probably won't enact such a measure outside of a regional agreement involving countries like Panama and Brazil.

Discussions would take place with Brazil, Panama and Guatemala - the countries now used by migrants as transit points - to see if they could share the burden of processing asylum claims. Officials from those countries did not immediately respond to Ebrard's comments.

U.S. border officers apprehended more than 132,000 people crossing from Mexico in May, the highest monthly level since 2006. Cuccinelli, a former attorney general of Virginia, has developed a reputation as a hardliner on immigration.

'If they bring the numbers way down, we won't have to use it.

Despite the president's insistence that there is a secret deal, the Mexican government has denied that there are any undisclosed parts of the U.S. - Mexico deal.

Mexico will also require that asylum seekers remain in the country while their claims are prosecuted in the US.

Trump said he couldn't show reporters what was on the paper.

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