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Trump flaunts ‘secret’ migration deal already revealed by Mexico

U.S. President Donald Trump brandished a document on Tuesday confirming details of a regional asylum project agreed with Mexico to stave off threatened tariffs, saying the plan was “secret” even though Mexican officials had revealed much of it.

Trump, who has made tightening immigration a cornerstone issue and has blamed Mexico since running for office in 2016, did not show the text of any document or give any details, but a Reuters photograph of the sheet of paper allowed reporters to read parts of it.

Under duress because of Trump’s threat to impose tariffs unless Mexico acted to stem the surge in migrants that has overwhelmed U.S. detention facilities and its immigration court system, Mexico signed a pact last week agreeing to control the flow of people from Central America, including deploying 6,000 members of a new national guard along its border with Guatemala.

Mexico’s foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, has admitted that Mexico also agreed to a 45-day timeline to show increased enforcement efforts were effective in reducing flows of migrants. If not, Mexico agrees to consider a long-standing U.S. demand that Central American asylum seekers crossing through Mexico apply for refuge there, not the United States, Ebrard said on Monday, dropping his previous opposition to that idea.

However, he said other Latin American countries should share the burden, something that the United States appeared to have agreed to.

The document that Trump waved at reporters laid out “a regional approach to burden-sharing in relation to the processing of refugee status claims to migrants”; talked of “45 days”; and said Mexico had committed to immediately examine its laws and rules to enable it to implement such an agreement.

Ebrard said this week that Mexico’s Senate would need to be consulted about any such changes…https://reut.rs/2KedtUj

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