US, Mexico reach agreement on migration, tariffs 'indefinitely suspended'

US, Mexico reach agreement on migration, tariffs 'indefinitely suspended'

US, Mexico reach agreement on migration, tariffs 'indefinitely suspended'

2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke, meanwhile, said that "the damage of Trump's reckless trade policies and tariffs has already been done".

Mexico has agreed to "immediately" start buying products from United States farmers, said President Donald Trump in the wake of the deal the two nations signed amid a row over tariffs and immigration.

He said that at any given time, there are 100,000 migrants moving through Mexico to get to the US border.

On Saturday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Trump in a statement of having "undermined America's preeminent leadership role in the world by recklessly threatening to impose tariffs on our close friend and neighbor to the south". Those steps, he added would "greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States".

Trump's decision marked a change in tone from earlier Friday, when his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters in Ireland before Trump took off: "Our position has not changed". His criticism of Trump's tariffs reflects wider misgivings about the USA going it alone.

Short said specifically that the administration wants Congress to change USA 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".

The U.S. Labor Department reported on Friday that job growth slowed sharply in May and wages rose less than expected, raising fears that a loss of momentum in economic activity could be spreading to the labor market. An appeals court recently overturned a federal judge who had blocked the program as it makes its way through the courts. A renewed crackdown is seen as making migration through Mexico more hard and more risky, but doing little to discourage Central Americans desperate to escape poverty, hunger and violence.

Officials from the Department of Homeland Security were working to spread the program along the border before the latest blowup.

This image from January shows a migrant from Honduras holding a sign that says "no to the wall" in Reynosa, Mexico. But for the first six weeks, only 40 people per week were returned.

Trump has threatened the tariffs out of frustration with the Mexican government's permitting hundreds of thousands of mostly Central American migrants stream across the country northward to the USA border.

"With just days to go until the Trump administration is set to impose punishing tariffs on Mexico unless the country halts the unprecedented flow of illegal immigrants across the southern border, numerous signs that Mexico would capitulate emerged Thursday - but it remained unclear Friday morning whether their efforts would satisfy the White House", reports Fox News.

The United States slapped tariffs of up to 25% on $200 billion in Chinese imports last month, prompting Beijing to levy its own tariffs on $60 billion in American goods.

"We are in a full-blown emergency, and I can not say this stronger: the system is broken", acting CBP Commissioner John Sanders told the Post, saying agents have apprehended over 680,000 migrants in the past eight months, more than the population of Miami.

From the moment Trump announced his threat, observers wondered whether he would follow through.

From the moment Trump announced the tariff threat, observers wondered whether he would pull the trigger, noting his habit of creating problems and then claiming credit when he rushes in to solve them.

Border officials have repeatedly warned that the immigration system at the border is overwhelmed and have called for immediate action from Congress. They also made clear that Trump was dead set on the tariffs without dramatic action.

Mexico had opposed such a change but appeared open to considering a potential compromise that could include exceptions or waivers for different types of cases.

The president has escalated his trade war despite opposition from the US Chamber of Commerce and other conservative business and agricultural groups.

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