Mexico says National Guard deployment to southern border starts on Wednesday


Trump did not let reporters read the paper, but photographers took plenty of photos, and thanks to a little backlighting, it's clear the paper wasn't blank. If after that point migration to the U.S. -Mexico border has not slowed, then further negotiations would be held with Mexico looking to incorporate a wider regional approach, Ebrard said.

The document also doesn't appear to be secret - Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard disclosed much of its contents on Monday, and he elaborated on Tuesday evening.

It also contained references to a regional asylum plan, which would involve several Latin American countries processing migrants' asylum claims in order to stave off United States tariffs, and to "45 days".

The deal struck between the USA and Mexico came just a few days before the us was set to impose a 5% tariff on Mexican goods coming into the USA until Mexico stopped the flow of illegal immigration that has been flooding the southern border.

"We talk every week", Marcelo Ebrard said at the National Palace in Mexico City on Wednesday, adding that talks have been launched on a permanent basis to attend to the emergency.

On CNN Tuesday night, Chris Cuomo was losing patience for Trump's theatrics. "The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the USA on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended", he said.

"That's the agreement that everybody says I don't have", Trump said, flashing the document to back a claim that Mexico has agreed to a secret deal under the threat of tariffs.

Last month Trump threatened he would impose a 5 per cent tariff on Mexican imports if the country didn't assist in stopping Central American migrants from flowing into the USA illegally. "But very happy with the deal I made, if Mexico produces (which I think they will)". But critics of these plans say they do nothing to address the reasons people are fleeing Central America in the first place. "You would never have had that deal" without the threat, he said at the White House. The MPP, which was enacted on January 24, forces asylum-seekers traveling north into the United States to wait in Mexico while their claims are processed.

Mr Ebrard claimed U.S. negotiators had requested Mexico commit to "zero migrants" crossing into U.S. territory, but explained that would be practically "impossible" to enforce. Since many travel with children - who can not be held in detention long-term - they are released into the United States to await the resolution of their asylum cases, something the president calls "catch and release".

Washington said last week it wanted Mexico to agree to a "safe third country" policy, in which migrants entering Mexican territory must apply for asylum there rather than in the US.