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WorldMexico and the U.S. Have Made Progress Toward Averting Tariffs

00:40  07 june  2019
00:40  07 june  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

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Mexican and U . S . officials are set to resume talks in Washington on Thursday aimed at averting an imposition of tariffs on Mexican Progress is being made , but not nearly enough!” Trump said in a tweet on Wednesday evening. With the clock ticking toward U . S . elections in 2020, Trump is facing

Mexican and U . S . officials are set to resume talks in Washington on Thursday aimed at averting an Progress is being made , but not nearly enough!" With the clock ticking toward U . S . elections in 2020, Trump is facing resistance within his own Republican Party to strike a deal and avoid the tariffs .

Mexico and the U.S. Have Made Progress Toward Averting Tariffs© Daniele Volpe for The New York Times The Mexican authorities detained migrants at a checkpoint near the border with Guatemala on Sunday. The Trump administration wants the Mexican government to stop all undocumented migrants in Mexico.

WASHINGTON — Mexico and the United States have made significant progress in discussions that could forestall President Trump from following through on his threat of imposing tariffs on all Mexican imports, senior officials from both countries said Thursday.

Mr. Trump, who has repeatedly demanded that Mexico end all illegal immigration into the United States, has not yet given his approval of the direction of the talks and no deal has been reached, the officials said. But they said Mexico and Guatemala have agreed to consider significant changes in asylum laws across the region that would allow the United States to reject requests for protection from many people fleeing persecution.

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Progress is being made , but not nearly enough!" Trump said in a tweet on Wednesday evening. Pence had expected to hear "tangible measures" that An official list of U . S . products that could be subject to retaliatory tariffs if the duties take effect is principally tailored toward products from agricultural and

Progress is being made , but not nearly enough!" Trump said in a tweet on Wednesday evening. Pence had expected to hear "tangible measures" that An official list of U . S . products that could be subject to retaliatory tariffs if the duties take effect is principally tailored toward products from agricultural and

The arrangement being discussed would require migrants to seek asylum in the first safe country they enter. It would mean that people from Guatemala who want refuge in the United States could be quickly sent to Mexico instead, while those fleeing El Salvador and Honduras who try to enter the United States could be turned away and sent instead to Guatemala.

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Mexican negotiators have also pledged to send 6,000 troops to Mexico’s border with Guatemala, the entry point for a recent surge of migrants who have made their way through Mexico to the United States border. The Washington Post first reported on Thursday the outlines of a possible deal between the United States and Mexico.

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Mexican and U . S . officials are set to resume talks in Washington on Thursday aimed at averting an Progress is being made , but not nearly enough!" An official list of U . S . products that could be subject to retaliatory tariffs if the duties take effect is principally tailored toward products from agricultural and

Mexican and U . S . officials are set to resume talks in Washington on Thursday aimed at averting an Progress is being made , but not nearly enough!" An official list of U . S . products that could be subject to retaliatory tariffs if the duties take effect is principally tailored toward products from agricultural and

A Mexican official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks are continuing and private, cautioned that there had been no agreement reached on the asylum discussions.

If a deal is reached, Mexico would also allow an expansion of an American program in which those seeking asylum in the United States are required to wait in Mexico while their legal cases proceed. About 8,000 migrants are currently waiting in Mexico, but under the agreement, that number could grow.

Officials from both countries have been talking for several days about steps that Mexico could take to satisfy Mr. Trump’s angry demand for an end to illegal immigration into the United States across the southwest border.

On Wednesday, Mexican offers to beef up enforcement to prevent illegal immigration had been declared insufficient by Vice President Mike Pence, an administration official said. Mr. Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the Mexicans to consider the asylum changes, as well.

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Mexican and U . S . officials are set to resume talks in Washington on Thursday aimed at averting an Progress is being made , but not nearly enough!" With the clock ticking toward U . S . elections in 2020, Trump is facing resistance within his own Republican Party to strike a deal and avoid the tariffs .

Mexican officials met with their U . S . counterparts for talks in Washington on Wednesday aimed at reaching a deal to stave off the imposition of U . S . tariffs on Mexican goods next week, even as their government prepared to retaliate if duties go ahead. Frustrated by the lack of progress on a signature

By Thursday, Mexican officials had indicated a willingness to consider the asylum changes, the administration official said, though he cautioned that lawyers for the countries involved were still scheduled to meet throughout the day and into the evening to see if an agreement could be reached.

It remains unclear whether an agreement focused on beefed-up enforcement and changes to the region’s asylum laws would reduce the flow of migrants enough for Mr. Trump, who has repeatedly demanded that Mexico put a complete stop to illegal immigration into the United States.

In a series of tweets and remarks over the past week, Mr. Trump vowed to impose a series of escalating tariffs on Mexican imports on Monday unless the country’s officials take actions that would end, in particular, the surge of migrants from Central America pressing to cross the border, something he has insisted the Mexicans could solve “in one day if they so desired.”

That demand from Mr. Trump loomed over Wednesday’s talks between Marcelo Ebrard, the Mexican foreign minister, Mr. Pence and Mr. Pompeo, according to a senior administration official familiar with the discussions in the Roosevelt Room at the White House.

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Mexican officials met with their U . S . counterparts for talks in Washington on Wednesday aimed at averting the imposition of U . S . tariffs on Mexican “Immigration discussions at the White House with representatives of Mexico have ended for the day. Progress is being made , but not nearly enough!”

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence will meet Wednesday with Mexico ’ s foreign minister as officials on both sides of the border try to avert the potentially crippling economic consequences of President Trump’ s threat to impose tariffs on all Mexican imports.

But diplomats on both sides of the border and immigration experts say president’s demand for a total end to illegal immigration is fanciful thinking. While most agree that Mexico could step up enforcement and provide more humanitarian relief to migrants, they say there is nothing Mexico could do to completely stop all illegal immigration into the United States.

“It shows a basic misunderstanding about the patterns of migration,” said Kevin Appleby, a veteran of Washington’s immigration wars over two decades. “The Mexican government could take some steps. But there are going to be ways that migrants get to our border regardless of what the Mexicans do.”

Hoping to mollify Mr. Trump, Mr. Ebrard said during Wednesday’s meeting that his government was willing to step up enforcement at the border between Mexico and Guatemala, where many of the Central American migrants begin their journey through Mexico to the United States border.

He also told Mr. Pence and Mr. Pompeo that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico is committed to cracking down on transnational gangs who make money by regularly trafficking migrants through Mexico, according to the American official. Mr. Ebrard also promised that the Mexican government would offer asylum to thousands of Central American migrants who might otherwise seek protection in the United States.

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“ Progress is being made . But not nearly enough!” Trump said on Twitter after the White House “The important thing is there is a willingness to move more closely toward an understanding.” “I did have a good feeling about progress being made , and Mexico ' s up here to make good-faith offers, and they

Trump said he believes Mexico wants to avert a new trade war, one that may Senate Republicans during a GOP lunch on Tuesday made clear they have more support for a resolution of disapproval The tariffs will escalate to as high as 25% by October if the president is not satisfied with progress .

Whatever the potential impact of the Mexican proposals, Mr. Pence and the other American officials rejected them as likely to curtail illegal immigration only at the margins — and so did not meet the president’s demands.

The Americans told their Mexican counterparts that the president was insisting on wholesale changes to address the severity of the problem at the border. Among the changes they pushed for on Wednesday was Mexico’s willingness to adopt a so-called “safe third country” treaty. Such an agreement would require Mexico to allow any migrant from Central America or elsewhere to apply for asylum in Mexico rather than continuing on to the United States.

If such a treaty were signed, the United States could change its own asylum laws to prohibit anyone who has not requested asylum in Mexico from making the same request in the United States. Officials believe that could significantly reduce the number of migrants who seek refuge in the United States.

But Mexico has been firmly opposed to a “safe third country” treaty for years, believing that it would make Mexico the country of last resort for migrants and refugees throughout the entire hemisphere. Mr. Ebrard reiterated his country’s staunch opposition to the idea earlier in the week.

The disagreement — and Mr. Trump’s insistence on actions that could end all illegal immigration — have dimmed hopes for an immediate breakthrough before Monday’s tariff deadline.

But Thursday’s discussions, including talks between Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel, and lawyers for the Mexican government about changes to the asylum laws, appear to have increased hopes that the countries can reach an agreement in time to prevent the tariffs from being imposed.

Diplomats for Mexico and the United States are met Thursday at the State Department. But officials stressed that Mr. Trump would be the one to decide whether the Mexican government was willing to do enough to escape the tariffs. The president is scheduled to return to Washington from Europe on Friday.

Michael D. Shear reported from Washington, and Azam Ahmed from Mexico City.

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