U.S. President Donald Trump announces he’s indefinitely suspending tariffs against Mexico after reaching an immigration deal.
On Friday, Mexico pledged to deploy more National Guard troops along the border with Guatemala in an effort to slow the large number of Central Americans reaching the US.
Mexico also agreed to expand a program that allows the U.S. to return migrants to Mexico, while they wait for American asylum hearings to take place. In May, the U.S. Border Patrol apprehended more than 132,000 migrants, the highest monthly total since 2007.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised the deal reached between the U.S. and Mexico.
To discuss all of this:
- Laura Carlsen is the director of the Americas Program with the Center for International Policy.
- Andalusia Knoll is a multimedia journalist based in Mexico City.
- Amy Holmes is a political commentator and columnist for the Swiss weekly “Die Weltwoche.”
- Rafael Bernal is a staff writer for the U.S. political newspaper, The Hill.
VIDEO Central American migrants cross into Mexico from Guatemala via the Suchiate river, amid speculation about the contents of Mexico's deal to curb migration in order to avert President Donald Trump's threat of tariffs pic.twitter.com/EX6ukh3bgX
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President Trump pulls a piece of paper from his jacket he says is one page of a secret agreement with Mexico: "I am going to let Mexico do the announcement at the right time."
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