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Donald Trump brandishes 'secret' US-Mexico agreement to journalists

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Deanna Wagner | 14 June, 2019, 10:40

Ebrard said Tuesday that Mexico has 45 days to significantly stem the flow of migrants to the usa, and if at that point the usa says there isn't enough progress, "safe third country could be applied if we fail, and we accept what they say". And James, first, can you shed light on whether there are details to this agreement between the USA and Mexico that have yet to be revealed, as President Trump has implied?

The next day, again on the front page, the Times ran with a story pooh-poohing the whole thing.

President Donald Trump would possibly maybe maybe maybe presumably be bragging that he obtained some concessions from Mexico within the tariff-immigration deal, nonetheless Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is furthermore celebrating it as a preserve.

That document says the countries discussed a "possible deal" to process asylum-seekers in whichever country they arrive in first.

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.

Discussions would take place with Brazil, Panama and Guatemala - the countries now used by migrants as transit points - to see if they could share the burden of processing asylum claims.

"We could say that we're already in the implementation phase of the special plan", Ebrard said, adding that the National Guard rollout will be carried out quickly starting this week.

Central American migrants wait for assistance at the Mexican Commission for Refugee Aid (Comar) in Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, on June 11, 2019.

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It is now deploying 6000 National Guard personnel to the border with Guatemala.

The Trump administration said on Monday it could still apply tariffs if it judged that Mexico had not done enough, with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo telling reporters it expected to see results within four to six weeks. Mexico's also talked about kind of a regional asylum plan, sharing some responsibility with Central American countries. "If we're successful, the number of people waiting for asylum in Mexico will decrease", he said.

'Two weeks ago, I'll tell you what we had.

This comes as Mexico is stepping up efforts to slow migration from Central America to avoid US tariffs.

Ebrard also said there was no agreement between the United States and Mexico to purchase more agricultural products under the accord, despite Trump saying over the weekend that Mexico had agreed to buy "large quantities" from USA farmers. To meet its commitments to Washington, Mexican migration facilities in the south need to be revamped, he said.

"In purely, strictly foreign policy terms, I think (combative diplomacy) is a bad idea because the United States is no longer the hegemonic power it was, neither in terms of trade nor finance", said Del Tronco.

Reporter James Frederick is at Mexico's southern border with Guatemala.