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Trump says US will release more details on Mexico immigration deal

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Pascal Lamy former General Director of World Trade Organization

Instead, the countries hammered out a deal in which Mexico agreed to bolster security on its southern border and expand its policy of taking back migrants, majority from violence-riven Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, as the United States processes their asylum claims.

As Ebrard noted in a news conference after the agreement's announcement Friday, the Mexican government did not accept the US's push for a safe third country agreement, which would require asylum seekers traveling through Mexico to make their case for American asylum in Mexico. Under the deal, Mexico will deploy its National Guard throughout the country and, especially, to its southern border and work to dismantle human smuggling.

But when asked about that deal on Monday, Mr Ebrard said that there had been no additional agreement with the United States and that the American president was likely referring to expected growth in trade following the migration deal.

And over the past week, negotiators failed to persuade Mexico to accept a "safe third country" treaty that would have given the United States the legal ability to reject asylum seekers if they had not sought refuge in Mexico first.

But the New York Times on Saturday reported that numerous concessions made by Mexico had already been agreed to months ago.

"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 wrote in a tweet.

But Mexico's Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Monday said there were no undisclosed parts of the U.S. - Mexico deal.

Trump accepted Mexico's offer of tougher immigration enforcement as sufficient to dissuade him from levying a five-per-cent charge on all Mexican imports. "We have been trying to get some of these Border Actions for a long time, as have other administrations, but were not able to get them, or get them in full, until our signed agreement with Mexico", he said in Sunday's tweets.

"We purposely said we wouldn't mention it for a little while".

"We do not anticipate a problem with the vote", Trump said on Twitter, but threatened that if the measure fails there, he will once again return to his threat of imposing new tariffs on Mexican goods. Mexico's minister of foreign affairs Marcelo Ebrard tweeted that the deal should boost economic growth and therefore demand for US agricultural products. He has argued, inaccurately, that countries, such as China, pay the additional tariffs his administration has added to their imports.

Last month, Trump threatened 5% tariffs on Mexican goods to be imposed on Monday.

"Now that we've gotten the threat of tariffs out of the way, I hope that Speaker Pelosi will put that on the House floor, " he said.

Caravans of migrants from Central American countries began moving toward the United States through Mexico last fall, with President Trump and his Republican allies in Congress calling the phenomenon a national emergency in a bid to secure funds for a border wall, one of Trump's central campaign promises in 2016.

All that being said, the notion that Trump's hardline ultimatum to Mexico accomplished nothing new is disproven in the very Times piece Trump critics are eagerly sharing as evidence of that flawed proposition.

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