Monday, 16 September, 2019

Trump's paper hints at deal to share burden on refugees with Mexico

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"Additionally, and for many years, Mexico was not being cooperative on the Border in things we had, or didn't have, and now I have full confidence, especially after speaking to their President yesterday, that they will be very cooperative and want to get the job properly done". "It will be revealed in the not too distant future and will need a vote by Mexico's Legislative body!". If that fails, Mexico has agreed to consider a longstanding US demand that Central American asylum seekers crossing through Mexico apply for refuge there, not the United States, making Mexico a "safe third country", a demand that Mexico has long rejected.

President Trump has claimed for two days that he secured a secret immigration deal with Mexico beyond the one announced Friday, showing a folded piece of the document that a Washington Post photographer managed to take a picture of to reveal its contents. "There is no other thing", he added, according to the BBC. "We'll do something about it", he said.

A section of the US-Mexico border fence seen from Tijuana, in Baja California state, Mexico, on March 26, 2019. In January, the Trump administration began sending thousands of migrants back to Mexico to wait there instead.

Ebrard told a news conference on Monday that Trump was referring to possible further measures to pressure countries other than the United States to share the burden. I'm not going to say one way or another, ' he said.

His comments came as Customs and Border Protection said agents apprehended more than 132,000 illegal immigrants at the southern border in May, the most in more than 10 years.

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Many migrants say they are afraid of returning to their home countries, which triggers a USA immigration court process that can take months or years to resolve due to backlogs in the system.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Mexico has promised that if it can't adequately stem the tide of migrants flowing to the north, it will agree to implement a "regional" system that requires Central Americans to apply for asylum in the first "safe" country they enter. "And if that doesn't stop the drugs, we close the border".

He has called for denying citizenship to US-born children whose parents are without documents, and authorised law enforcement officials to investigate the immigration status of anyone they stopped. "I think they probably got it the probably from somebody who worked here and said how well they were doing", he said, without elaborating, before arguing that his deal with Mexico was new. Still, Martha Barcena, Mexico's ambassador to Washington, told CBS News on the weekend there had been discussion of reducing the numbers to levels around those of 2018.

It also mentioned "45 days" and said Mexico agreed to examine its laws regarding the introduction an agreement on asylum seekers into the US. He said they'd be released at the appropriate time as he slammed the openly anti-Trump New York Times over its claims that the deal contained nothing new, only commitments already agreed upon months ago.