US and Mexico Reach Deal to Avoid Threatened Tariffs

By: SiliconExpert on June 17th, 2019

Mexico Agrees to Support Stronger Measures to Curb Migration Across The Border To Avoid Threatened Tariffs on Imports from Mexico

President Trump announced Friday night that a deal was in place that would avert threatened tariffs on imports from Mexico in exchange for Mexico taking “stronger measures” to curb the influx of Central American migrants at the U.S. southern border.

Under a joint agreement released by State Department officials, Mexico will assist the United States in curbing migration across the border by deploying its national guard troops through the country, especially its southern border. Mexico has agreed to take decisive action to dismantle human smuggling and trafficking organizations as well as their illicit financial and transportation networks.

In addition, the two countries would expand a program known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) that was created earlier this year.  This program allows the United States to return Central American migrants to Mexico while they await the adjudication of their asylum hearings in U.S. immigration court  which is a process that could take months.

At the State Department, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told reporters that the deal did NOT include any provisioning for a “Safe Third Country” agreement.  If the deal had included this agreement asylum seekers would have been required to apply for refugee status in Mexico before reaching the United States border.

SiliconExpert will keep monitoring the news publications related to this matter and will issue updates as received.

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