Deal or no deal: Making sense of Trump’s Mexican trade battle

Latin America

FILE – In this March 13, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump talks with reporters as he reviews border wall prototypes in San Diego. California’s attorney general filed a lawsuit Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, against Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Xavier Becerra released a statement Monday saying 16 states — including California — allege the Trump administration’s action violates the Constitution. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

President Trump is claiming victory in negotiating a trade agreement with Mexico. But Mexican officials remain mum as the New York Times reports that this agreement is actually months old and not resulting from President Trump’s trade threats.

Amid all the discussion are the stories of deplorable conditions for migrants detained by immigration enforcement, including children separated from their families.

On today’s episode of The Heat Podcast, Anand Naidoo talks with Maria Perez, associate director of the Atlantic Council’s Latin America Center, about U.S. – Mexican trade negotiations and the role U.S. foreign policy and military intervention has played in Latin American migration.