Last week, Trump threatened to impose tariffs on all Mexican goods out of frustration with the rising number of migrants crossing the U.S. southern border.
On Friday evening, the president announced via Twitter that a deal had been reached with Mexican officials, and the U.S. will no longer impose tariffs on Monday. Trump tweeted:
‘I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico.’
One Twitter user asked:
Mexico agreed to send 6,000 troops from its newly formed National Guard to the country’s southern border with Guatemala, an action aimed at curbing the flow of migrants bound for the U.S. border.
According to POLITICO:
‘Mexican officials emphasized that the agreement doesn’t require having Mexico declared a “safe third country,” as the Trump administration had sought. Under such an agreement, Central American migrants would be required to seek asylum in Mexico if they pass through that country en route to the U.S.’
According to the State Department as part of the deal, it will expand its “remain in Mexico” program across the entire southwest border. Since January, under the program, certain non-Mexican migrants have been forced to wait in Mexico until the resolution of their asylum cases.
The state department said:
‘This means that those crossing the U.S. southern border to seek asylum will be rapidly returned to Mexico where they may await the adjudication of their asylum claims.’
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) remarked saracastically on Twitter:
‘Now that that problem is solved, I’m sure we won’t be hearing any more about it in the future.’
Here’s what Twitter thought of the deal:
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