Trump says deal possible with Mexico in migration row

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The deal was first announced by President Donald Trump on Friday night.

In his post, Trump announced that his administration had reached a deal with the Mexican government to curb the flow of Central American migrants across the United States border.

But for at least one cowboy and one Indian, Trump is the best hope for getting done what Americans want to get done, including securing the border so that drugs and human trafficking will no longer pose the grave threat they do in border states like Griffin's New Mexico.

"The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the United States on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended", Trump tweeted.

Under the deal reached on Friday, Mexico agreed to use a large part of its newly formed National Guard to hold back immigrants crossing from Guatemala, and to take in possibly tens of thousands of people seeking asylum in the United States while their cases are adjudicated.

Later on Friday, the US State Department published a joint bilateral declaration on curbing illegal migration at the US-Mexican border.

Trump had announced the tariff plan last week, declaring in a tweet that, on June 10, the USA would "impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP". He said late Friday, after he had returned to the White House from his visit to Europe for D-Day commemorations, that the Mexican officials had agreed to his demands.

Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard shared details of the deal Friday.

"Thanks to the support of all Mexicans, we were able to avoid tariffs on Mexican products exported to the USA", tweeted Lopez Obrador, who since his election previous year has tried studiously not to antagonise Trump.

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The tariffs threaten major economic damage to Mexico, which sends about 80% of its exports to the United States. Speaking from Ireland ahead of the talks, however, Trump said he believed Mexico is ready to "make a deal".

The President said on Twitter there was "a good chance" that a deal would be made over the weekend, but that he would move forward with tariffs if not.

United States officials pressed Mexico to change its asylum policy by entering into a "safe third country" agreement with the US.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives following overseas travel at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 7, 2019.

Under the deal, Mexico acknowledged and agreed to expand its policy of taking back migrants from violence-riven Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador as the United States processes their asylum claims.

Trump also said that the US ally had agreed to buy "large quantities of agricultural product from our great patriot farmers".

Mexico has resisted that demand, which would make it hard for those who enter Mexico from other countries to claim asylum in the U.S.

Lamy said it was understandable that Mexico had sought to extricate itself from the tariff bind, but noted it ran the risk of facing more threats in future.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol apprehended 144,278 people along the southern border in May, shattering April's intake of migrants with a 32 percent increase.