United States and Mexico hammer out deal to avoid tariffs in migration row

A lorry crosses the border between Mexico and the United States in Nuevo Laredo Mexico

A lorry crosses the border between Mexico and the United States in Nuevo Laredo Mexico More

The United States will not place new tariffs on all goods coming from Mexico, President Trump said on Twitter Friday evening, ending another markets-rattling episode of his brinksmanship.

(Gateway Pundit) After President Trump played hardball with Mexico, forcing the USA neighbor to crack down on the flow of foreigners to the US border, Democrats bashed the president.

A delegation led by Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard was at the U.S. State Department in Washington Friday for talks aimed at avoiding the levies.

With Trump overseas and an unproductive opening negotiating session with Mexican officials Wednesday, many at the White House had expected Trump to move forward with the 5% tariff he'd threaten to slap on all Mexican goods on Monday in an effort to strong-arm the country into action, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

"If we are unable to make the deal, Mexico will begin paying Tariffs at the 5% level on Monday!"

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol apprehended 144,278 people along the southern border in May, shattering April's intake of migrants with a 32 percent increase. But Short said Trump could "turn that off" over the weekend if negotiations "continue to go well", which appeared to be the route Trump chose Friday.

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"The governments of the United States and Mexico will work together to immediately implement a durable solution", it said.

All migrants who cross into the US seeking asylum will be "rapidly" returned to Mexico to await adjudication of their case, and Mexico will authorize that re-entry and accommodate them as they wait, offering jobs, healthcare and education.

A "US-Mexico Joint Declaration" released by the State Department late Friday said the US "will immediately expand the implementation" of a program that returns asylum-seekers who cross the southern border to Mexico while their claims are adjudicated.

The decision - announced by tweet late Friday - ended a showdown that business leaders warned would have disastrous economic consequences for both the USA and one of its largest trading partners, driving up consumer prices and driving a wedge between the two allies.

Imposing blanket tariffs on Mexico would make US$347-billion worth of goods more expensive for American consumers, likely trigger retaliatory tariffs from Mexico and sideswipe Canada by disrupting continental supply chains.

Trump, who has declared a crisis at the border and earlier deployed troops, says that asylum seekers can too easily slip into the population while on USA soil.

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Mr Lamy said it was understandable that Mexico had sought to extricate itself from the tariff bind, but noted it ran the risk of facing more threats from Mr Trump in future.

In San Jose del Cabo for a summit of North American mayors, Juan Manuel Gastelum of Tijuana, across from San Diego, said he's fine with more migrants being returned to his city as long as the federal government invests in caring for them. But Mexico has already so expanded its deportations of asylum seekers, it is unclear whether it has the resources to do much more.

But Leticia Calderón Cheluis, a migration expert at the Mora Institute in Mexico City, said the agreement is essentially a series of compromises exclusively by Mexico, which she said committed to "a double clamp at both borders". Trump has blamed the WTO for not doing enough to defend U.S. trade interests, and in August 2018 threatened to pull out of the organization.

Those measures will include deploying Mexico's militarised National Guard security force to its southern border.

The Trump administration has demanded Mexico take tough action to halt the flow of hundreds of thousands of migrants fleeing chronic poverty and violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, who are hoping to request asylum in the United States.

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