Trump Nixes Plans For Mexican Import Tariffs After Reaching Immigration Deal

The writer is a former caretaker finance minister and has served as vice-president of the World Bank

The writer is a former caretaker finance minister and has served as vice-president of the World Bank

Mexico and the United States might consider additional steps next month to restrict irregular immigration from Central America, Mexico's foreign minister said on Monday as the U.S. president renewed his threat to impose tariffs if certain aspects of a deal reached last week were not implemented.

Washington said last week it wanted Mexico to agree to a "safe third country" policy: offering Central Americans who hope for asylum in the United States the chance to apply for it inside Mexico and remain there while their cases are reviewed.

Mexico has been insistent that it has not agreed to the provision, which would require approval from local lawmakers.

But The Washington Post on Tuesday published a separate report, citing Trump administration and Mexican officials as well as documents, giving a different perspective. The Post called Mexico's promises "unprecedented" and the measures "more substantial" than promises made by Mexican officials in the past.

Taking questions alongside President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at a news conference, Ebrard said Mexico was accelerating deployment of its National Guard, a militarized police force, along the border with Guatemala and that migrants entering Mexico would have to register with authorities. Mexican government documents said it was "the first time in recent history that Mexico has made a decision to take operational control of its southern border as a priority".

Initial 45 days to come up with a plan on border security approved by the Mexican government. And Trump would not say during a call-in interview with CNBC Monday morning. That's a big deal, although our capacity to process the migrants for return is limited, and it remains to be seen how much Mexico will do to follow through on its commitment.

But he said: "We told them - I think it was the most important achievement of the negotiations - 'let's set a time period to see if what Mexico is proposing will work, and if not, we'll sit down and see what additional measures [are needed]'".

While waving a one-page deal to media at the White House lawns, President Trump knew less that the sources could leak his agreement, or he might intend it.

Asylum is at the core of Trump's concerns about a surge in undocumented immigration because a large proportion of the people apprehended at the U.S.

She also revealed President Trump will be accompanied by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The deal also stated that Mexico will take "decisive action" to dismantle smuggling and trafficking operations, while both countries will increase cooperation to protect the border. "Companies move out of Mexico and they move out of China and they'll come into the United States", Trump said. 'I think they probably got it the probably from somebody who worked here and said how well they were doing.

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

U.S. President Donald Trump held up a piece of paper along the lawn at the White House Tuesday, saying it was his new immigration deal with Mexico that contains mystery provisions, even as Mexico says it has no idea what he is talking about.

"We do not anticipate a problem with the vote but, if for any reason the approval is not forthcoming, tariffs will be reinstated", he added, without elaborating.

'This will go into effect, and it's my option.