Trump warns Mexico of 'tougher phase' if migration continues

Trump warns Mexico of 'tougher phase' if migration continues

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a piece of paper he said was a trade agreement with Mexico, while speaking to the media before departing from the White House in Washington, DC.

"I'll speak today with the Presidents (of the three nations)".

Over the past few days, Marcelo Ebrard has gradually announced more commitments made to stave off a threat of tariffs by U.S. President Donald Trump, who on Tuesday reiterated that parts of last week's deal were yet to be revealed.

Asked by reporters to point to what the settlement requires Mexico to attain, Mr. Trump refused to attain so, adding that "the rationale being Mexico wishes to address that".

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said his country has 45 days to show the US that additional measures aren't needed under the agreement.


In the U.S., Customs and Border Protection announced it's sending an advisory team to Guatemala. "On (Thursday) I'll let you know what happened with this", the Secretary said.

The president said that it's his "option" as to whether the undisclosed agreement will go into effect.

At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Trump said the deal with Mexico came about because of his tariff threat. "This is one page of a very long and very good agreement for both Mexico and the United States", Trump said.

It is believed that the deal is to be put in place in order to curb the immigration issues that arise between Mexico and The United States.

But he teased reporters at the White House: 'So right here is the agreement.


It described a plan to designate Mexico a "safe third country", among other plans that had already been revealed by Mexico's foreign minister on Monday.

Joined by Ebrard was Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The document has language suggesting that Mexico might consider changing its laws to facilitate a regional "safe third party" asylum system, subject to "domestic and global legal obligations", in which migrants would have to apply for asylum in the first country they enter.

A senior Trump administration official told the Associated Press that Mexico had "expressed openness to the idea during negotiations". Mexico has not yet publicly agreed to this.

Washington wants Mexico to be declared a safe third country in which asylum seekers would have to seek safe harbor instead of the United States, a demand Mexico has rejected in the past.

The president's comments follow a major deal reached between US and Mexican officials. However, on Monday, Mexican Foreign Minister suggested that other Central American countries should share the load of asylum seekers with Mexico under such an agreement. Mexico has reportedly promised to ramp up efforts to restrict the migrant flow towards the United States in response to an ultimatum by Trump where he threatened to slap a 5 percent tariff on all Mexican goods.


In January, the Department of Homeland Security implemented "Remain in Mexico" as a pilot program, according to Time.

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