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USA signed ‘another very important part’ of immigration deal with Mexico

12 June 2019

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US automakers importing cars from Mexico have received a reprieve on tariffs after President Donald Trump secured an agreement on migration with the neighboring country.

Republican President Donald Trump slammed the opposition Democratic party on June 10 while praising Mexico for its work stemming the flood of migrants that are making their way north from Central America.

Ebrard told reporters the talks had focused on migration, not commerce, and hypothesized that Trump was calculating an economic boost resulting from his decision not to implement the tariffs.

It was not clear what specific measures the Mexican government would have to take. "This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, illegal immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States".

Mexico also agreed to send thousands of troops to its southern border to enforce its policies there. When defending his use of tough tariffs on China during an interview with CNBC, the U.S. leader said: "You know, France charges us a lot for the wine and yet we charge them very little for French wine".

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Trump blasted that report, calling it a "FRAUD" and "nothing more than a badly reported "hit job" on me".

Meanwhile, the agreement with Mexico is not a done deal.

Mexico and the United States might consider additional steps next month to restrict illegal immigration from Central America, including measures to bind Brazil and Panama into their efforts, Mexico's foreign minister said on Monday.

A section of the US-Mexico border fence seen from Tijuana, in Baja California state, Mexico, on March 26, 2019.

Still, he said Mexico's interests are aligned with those of the US and that it's "doing real things" and policing its borders.

Economists had warned the pain of Trump's threatened tariffs - which were to start at five percent Monday and rise incrementally to 25 percent by October - and Mexican retaliatory measures would have been acute for both countries, with potentially global spillover. "If they don't get approval, we'll have to think in terms of tariffs".

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"If we have to participate in a regional model like the one I have just described, we would have to present that to Congress", Ebrard said. You think we had that two weeks ago?

Meanwhile, Trump on Monday said that some of the details of the agreement would be revealed later, because they need to be approved by Mexican lawmakers and tariffs are still on the table.

Pressed on what Mexico will do if Trump deems otherwise, he said, "I'm not going to reveal Mexico's strategy".

On Monday, Trump wrote on Twitter that despite promises from the Mexican government, "if for any reason the approval" from the Mexican government "is not forthcoming, Tariffs will be reinstated".

"The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the USA on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended", Trump said on Twitter on Friday evening.

'This will go into effect, and it's my option.

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"No, I'm going to let Mexico do the announcement at the right time", he said, while insisting that the sheet of paper he pulled from the inside of his suit pocket and waved at reporters was part of the document.

USA signed ‘another very important part’ of immigration deal with Mexico