WASHINGTON / MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed a document on Tuesday confirming the details of a regional asylum project negotiated with Mexico to eliminate endangered tariffs, saying that the plan was "secret", even if most Mexican officials were discovered.
Central American immigrants pass through Tecun Uman, Guatemala, Ciudad Hidalgo, Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico on Thursday, June 11, 2019. REUTERS / Jose Cabezas
Trump, who regards illegal immigration as a priority issue and blamed Mexico for the 2016 term of office, did not present the text of any document and did not provide any details. However, Reuters' photograph of the sheet of paper allowed reporters to read some of it.
Because of the threat of Trump when Trump threatens to impose tariffs, unless Mexico has risen to immigrants who have overwhelmed the US detention facilities and immigration courts, Mexico signed a pact last week agreeing to control Central American people including 6,000 new members of the Guatemala National Guard.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Mexico also agreed to present a 45-day timetable for enforcement efforts to increase the flow of people. If this fails, Mexico has agreed to examine a long-standing US claim that Central American asylum seekers crossing Mexico should go to a place of refuge, not to the United States, such as Mexico's "safe third country", a long-standing rejection by Mexico.
"A safe third country could be used if we fail and we accept what they say," said Ebrard on Tuesday night, noting that Mexican lawmakers would consider changing the migration law.
However, Ebrard said that other Latin American countries shared the burden that the United States had decided to agree to.
The document, which Trump waved to reporters, "spelled out a regional approach to the processing of refugee status needs for immigrants"; "45 days" spoke; and he said Mexico had committed itself to immediately reviewing its laws and regulations to allow the implementation of such an agreement.
The essence of Trump's concern in the area of asylum is the increase in undocumented migration, as a large number of people on the US-Mexico border say they are fleeing violence and repression. As he travels with many children who cannot be detained in the long run, he is released to the United States to wait for a solution to their asylum, which the President calls "catch and release."
Many immigrants say they are afraid of returning to their home country, which is launching an American immigration court procedure that could lead to months or years of backlog. In January, the Trump government sent thousands of migrants back to Mexico to wait.
Ebrard said that asylum-seekers who are waiting for three more cities can wait in Mexico and officials decide on Friday.
The deployment of the national guard on the Guatemalan Mexican border begins on Wednesday.
The vast majority of undocumented migrants arriving in the United States come from Central America, but have arrived in Cuba and Haiti in recent months, through Panama, and from African countries, often via Brazil.
In Monday's remarks, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States will evaluate Mexico's efforts daily. The regional asylum concept clearly indicated that the United States also speaks with Brazil, the Central American nations, and Panama.
Vice President Mike Pence also referred to a regional approach, suggesting that Guatemala may be receiving asylum seekers from its neighbors.
"We signed an agreement with Guatemala on reforming the law to say that, if people are seeking refuge, they must be willing to apply for asylum in the first safe country where they arrive. We will only go further if necessary, ”said Pence on Monday, entitled" Special Report from Brett Baier with Fox News Channel ".
Ebrard presented more details of Mexico's strategy to curb immigration quickly and said Tuesday that border infrastructure would significantly improve at its southern borders. Mexican migration facilities need to be renewed to meet their Southern Washington commitments, he said.
"Go south and the first thing you ask yourself is," Well, where's the limit? " The idea is to put it as far as possible in the south, ”he said.
There was no indication at the weekend that Mexico had begun to consolidate the border, migrants and locals crossing the river on a raft before a busy official port.
Dave Graham's report in Mexico City and Makini Brice in Washington; Noe Torres and Hugh Bronstein Supplementary Report in Mexico City, Susan Heavey in Washington and Mica Rosenberg in New York; Written by Frank Jack Daniel; Edited by Susan Thomas, Dan Grebler and Leslie Adler