President Donald Trump announced Friday evening that the United States and Mexico had reached a deal on stemming migration to the border, averting threatened tariffs that were set to be imposed on Mexico on Monday.
Mexico has agreed to "immediately" start buying products from U.S. farmers, said President Donald Trump in the wake of the deal the two nations signed amid a row over tariffs and immigration.
If a deal cannot be reached, the U.S. intends to hit hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of imports from Mexico with five percent tariffs beginning Monday - a move which could clobber Mexico's economy.
It also said that due to "the dramatic increase in migrants moving from Central America through Mexico to the United States, both countries recognize the vital importance of rapidly resolving the humanitarian emergency and security situation".
However, one of the main USA demands - that Mexico agree to becoming a "safe third country" for asylum seekers - remained a key topic during Friday's talks, those monitoring the situation said.
And the USA said Mexico is also taking "decisive action to dismantle human smuggling and trafficking organizations as well as their illicit financial and transportation networks".
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In addition, Mexican authorities will be taking "decisive action to dismantle human smuggling and trafficking organisations as well as their illicit financial and transportation networks, the State Department said".
The 5% tax on all Mexican goods would have risen every month, up to 25% under Trump's plan, and had enormous economic implications for both countries. But the deal the two neighbors agreed to falls short of some of the dramatic overhauls the United States had pushed for.
Trump tweeted earlier Friday.
Short said specifically that the administration wants Congress to change U.S. asylum laws that "allow families to basically come across the border and be protected and let go into our United States until the adjudication process completes". He vowed to build a wall across the border and eliminate illegal immigration - two promises that he has largely failed to deliver. The U.S. committed to accelerate asylum claims while Mexico said it will "offer jobs, healthcare and education according to its principles".
Senator Joni Ernst, who represents the farming state of Iowa and had broken with Trump on the tariffs, said that her state was "breathing a sigh of relief" with the deal.
The President announced his decision in two tweets made on his verified Twitter account.
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a separate statement thanking his Mexican counterpart, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard met with USA officials at the State Department for a third straight day to discuss U.S. demands for a crackdown on migrants.
The U.S. Border Patrol's apprehensions of migrants at the border with Mexico hit their highest level in more than a decade in May.
In late March, Trump threatened to shut the entire U.S. -Mexico border if Mexico didn't immediately halt illegal immigration. The talks were reportedly focused on making it harder for Central American migrants to pass through Mexico and claim asylum in the US.
This image from January shows a migrant from Honduras holding a sign that says "no to the wall" in Reynosa, Mexico.
"We wish that members of Congress would spend as much time looking to fix the problem legislatively as they do bellyaching about what the President is doing trying to fix the problem", Short said when asked about Republican opposition to his tariffs.
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