Published: Fri, June 14, 2019

The number that will tell us whether Trump's Mexico deal is real

The number that will tell us whether Trump's Mexico deal is real

Mexico has denied such a secret addendum, but Mr. Trump says it exists, and he's waiting for the right time to talk about it.

Moises Kalach, head of the Strategic Advisory Council for International Negotiations at the Business Coordinating Council, said the sector is likely to remain jittery as long as Trump occupies the White House. "Phase two is very tough, but I think they're going to do a good job", he said.

Ebrard said those asylum seekers would start being returned to wait out their cases in Mexico via three more cities, which officials will decide on Friday. 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.

MEXICO has rebuffed claims by United States president Donald Trump that the new border deal between the countries includes a "very important" agreement yet to be made public.

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

CORNISH: As we mentioned, Mexico's foreign minister was speaking today about all of this. And James, first, can you shed light on whether there are details to this agreement between the USA and Mexico that have yet to be revealed, as President Trump has implied? Until now, Mexico had been accepting a maximum of 300 people a day from the United States. As they see it, employing the full force of America's economic might, even if that interferes with the goal of maintaining an open global trade system, is a legitimate way of protecting U.S. national interests.

Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico's foreign minister, has already declared Mexico had 45 days to strengthen its presence at its southern border in order to stem the flow of asylum seekers making their way north. "The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the USA on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended". On the subject of how Mexico would pay for the increased security, Obradror said the increased security would be in part paid for by the off-loading of the presidential jet and helicopters purchased by his predecessor.

He later added, "We do have one other thing that will be announced at the appropriate time".

"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 said on June 8.

Customs and Border Protection said there were about 133,000 people apprehended at the U.S. -Mexico border in May, more than triple the number in the same month a year ago.

Tens of thousands of illegal migrants from Central America every month pass through Mexico in order to the USA, with the Guatemala-Mexico border a major hotspot for northbound migrants.

In return, the Trump administration said they were committed to working toward accelerating the processing of asylum claims as well as finalize removal proceedings as quickly as possible.

US border officials apprehended about 133,000 people at the border in May, triple the amount from a year earlier though still below historic highs.

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