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Trump: Tariffs for Mexico 'Indefinitely Suspended'

President says new reported deal will 'greatly reduce, or eliminate, illegal immigration'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2019 6:00 AM CDT
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President Trump speaks during a ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day on Thursday in Normandy, France.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – "Indefinitely suspended." That's the fate of the tariffs President Trump had warned he'd levy against Mexico, per Trump himself, who tweeted Friday that a deal on immigration had been signed with our neighbors to the south, per Politico. Trump had previously signaled there was a "good chance" a deal was coming to stave off a progressively increasing tariffs hit on Mexico, and he crowed Friday night that had happened. "I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico," he tweeted. "The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended. Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border. This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States."

Details of the deal released by the State Department outline two main facets: first, that Mexico will deploy its National Guard to its own southern border to keep migrants out, and second, that asylum-seekers will have to wait in Mexico while their case is being considered in the US. Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard called the deal a "fair balance" and a far cry from what the US originally wanted, which included making Mexico a "safe third country," which would require immigrants from other countries passing through Mexico to seek asylum there, not in the US. Not everyone is so sure about this newly announced deal, including Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, who offered his sarcastic take on the "historic night" on Twitter after Trump's announcement, per the Hill. "Now that that problem is solved, I'm sure we won't be hearing any more about [illegal immigration] in the future," Schumer tweeted. (Read more Mexico stories.)

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