Many criticized the president for threatening tariffs on Mexico in order to gain greater border security from them. Well, the president has confirmed that the tactic worked. President Trump announced the tariffs would be suspended indefinitely as the U.S. and Mexico reached a deal.
According to CNBC:
President Donald Trump said on Friday that the United States and Mexico have signed an agreement to avoid tariffs that were scheduled to go into effect on Monday.
Trump said that Mexico in return has agreed to take “strong measures” to stop illegal immigration coming through the U.S. southern border.
….stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border. This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States. Details of the agreement will be released shortly by the State Department. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 8, 2019
In a joint declaration issued by the two countries, Mexico agreed “take unprecedented steps to increase enforcement to curb irregular migration.” This includes the deployment of Mexico’s national guard throughout the country with priority given to its southern border in order to slow migration from Central America.
Migrants crossing the U.S. southern border to seek asylum will be sent back to Mexico, where they will await the outcome of their asylum applications. Mexico said it will offer jobs, health care and education to those asylum seekers.
The U.S. has promised to make asylum decisions as quickly as possible while the asylum seekers wait in Mexico.
Trump Train News previously reported on Thursday that the U.S. and Mexico were closing in on a deal as Mexico began to ramp up immigration enforcement.