June 10, 2019
The new immigration deal had given Mexico 45 days to stem the flow of migrants illegally crossing into the U.S.
On Monday, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said that though no specific target has been set, the measures taken by Mexico to curb the migrant flow into the U.S. will be evaluated in mid July. If by then the number has not gone down, they would seek a regional solution.
Ebrard called Friday’s agreement the “most difficult negotiation” and that it provided Mexico time to show the U.S. that it could successfully curb the number of migrants crossing through their country and reaching the U.S.
He said that U.S. negotiators wanted to designate Mexico as a “safe third country,” which would require Mexico to accept asylum seekers and keep them in the country while awaiting their asylum claims to be heard in the U.S. But Ebrard said that measure has been averted for now.
“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,'” said Ebrard.
On Monday, the president tweeted that he could reinstate tariffs at a future date if the part of the deal which requires approval from Mexico’s congress is not passed.
….We do not anticipate a problem with the vote but, if for any reason the approval is not forthcoming, Tariffs will be reinstated!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 10, 2019
When asked about the president’s tweet, Ebrard said that he believed Trump’s statement was made in reference to regional measures that could be taken with the Central Americans nations from which most of the migrants are coming. Those measures would only be implemented if actions from Mexico, such as reinforcing the Mexico-Guatemala border, fail.
Ebrard said, “If these measures don’t work, we’d have to move to a regional model to be approved by the [Mexican] Congress, that’s what he is referring to.”
– MK. II