The president went on to argue that Mexico had not historically been cooperative, but he believed a turning point had been reached. The agreement expands a controversial program that sends migrants seeking asylum in the United States to Mexico while their cases are being processed and boosts security at Mexico's southern border.
He has also dangled the prospect of renewing his tariff threat if the USA ally doesn't cooperate to his liking. "This is not going to stop them".
The president has pushed back on criticism about just how much of the deal with Mexico is actually new.
"I don't know exactly what he's talking about", said Juan Carlos Hidalgo, a Latin America analyst at the Cato Institute.
In a tweet on Sunday, the president suggested more announcements will be made at the "appropriate time". And this wasn't even what Trump was demanding; the tariff threat was meant to force Mexico to halt the skyrocketing flow of undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers headed to the U.S. -Mexico border.
He did not provide details but threatened tariffs if Mexico's Congress did not approve the plan.
"The president has completely overblown what he reports to have achieved". It also came as relief for Republican lawmakers and their allies in the business community, who'd spent the week burning up White House phones and personally nudging the president to back down. Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision on when (and whether) the deal will get a vote depends on talks with the Trump administration to address Democrats' concerns, according to a senior Democratic aide. The USMCA came together after more than a year of painstaking negotiations.
A joint statement released by the State Department said Mexico had agreed to "take unprecedented steps to increase enforcement to curb irregular migration", including the deployment of its new National Guard, with a focus on its porous southern border with Guatemala. "What did we win?"More news: Pelicans Provide Framework For Anthony Davis Trade Package
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In a further sign that the deal is a work in progress, Ebrard said Mexico and the U.S. would hold talks with Guatemala, Panama, Brazil and the United Nations refugee agency on additional measures to control migration, because the solution "has to be regional".
Under the deal, Mexico agreed to expand its policy of taking back migrants, majority from violence-riven Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, as the United States processes their asylum claims.
When Trump announced the deal Friday night, Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer joked, "This is an historic night!"
Marta Barcena Coqui, the Mexican ambassador to the United States, said in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday that Mexican officials had agreed to take steps to reduce illegal immigration "to previous levels that we had maybe a year ago or in 2018". "We do not anticipate a problem with the vote but, if for any reason the approval is not forthcoming, Tariffs will be reinstated", he wrote.
Military police officer observe immigration agents during a search at a checkpoint on a road in Tuxtla Chico, Mexico, June 9, 2019.
The New York Times reported over the weekend that Mexico's National Guard had been planning since March to help curtail migrants and did not bend due to the tariff threats. "Sick Journalism", he said.
Trump has pushed back on that criticism, defending the deal and his threat to slap a 5% tax on all Mexican goods on Monday to pressure the country to do more to stem the flow of Central American migrants across the US southern border.
In a series of tweets sent before departing for his golf club in Virginia, Mr Trump defended a deal reached to head off the 5% tax on all Mexican goods that he had threatened to impose.