DONALD TRUMP accidentally revealed a “secret” plan to crackdown on Mexican migrants while waving a document detailing the proposals in front of reporters.
The president said he would to leave it to the Mexican government to disclose the plans, but did so while holding a piece of paper outlining them in full.
7 The president had declined to discuss details of the plans with reportersCredit: Reuters
7 But a photographer captured an image of the document from which some proposals could be readCredit: Reuters
An image from which details of the folded document could be read was captured by a Reuters photographer.
Trump has made tackling illegal immigration a major part of his policy platform, while recent months have seen thousands of migrants travelling from Latin America to seek asylum in the United States.
At a press conference outside the White House on Tuesday, Trump said: “That’s the agreement that everybody says I don’t have.”
Responding to reporters asking what was in the agreement, he said: “I’m going to let Mexico do the announcement at the right time.
“I would love to do it [open the piece of paper]. But you will freeze action it.
“You will analyse it. Every single letter you’ll see. But in here is the agreement.”
The Mexican government had in fact already disclosed much of the agreement the day before.
Additional details revealed by the image include a plan to designate Mexico a “safe third country”, a stipulation that would allow asylum applications to be processed in Mexico instead of the United States.
The document said Mexico had committed to immediately examining its laws in order to enable it to become a safe third country if need be.
Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard has said Mexico has agreed to a time frame of 45 days in which to show it could stem the flow of US-bound migrants over its southern border.
It is now deploying 6,000 National Guard personnel to the border with Guatemala.
Ebrard said on Tuesday: “You go to the south and the first thing you ask yourself is, ‘Right, where’s the border?’ There’s nothing.
“The idea is to make the south like the north as far as possible.”
Mexico has agreed that it will be designated as a third country, a change it has long resisted, in the event that those efforts fail.
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Ebrard added: “We told them – I think it was the most important achievement of the negotiations – ‘let’s set a time period to see if what Mexico is proposing will work, and if not, we’ll sit down and see what additional measures [are needed]’.”
If those plans fail, other Latin American countries, including Brazil, Panama, and Guatemala, will be asked to share the burden of processing asylum claims with Mexico.
7 Central American migrants cross the Rio Grande, which divides Mexico and the USCredit: EPA
7 Migrants walk towards a road heading to the Mexican city of Tapachula after crossing the Guatemala borderCredit: EPA
7 A father holds his child after being stopped by Mexican immigration authoritiesCredit: AP:Associated Press
7 Mexican authorities stop a migrant caravan from South AmericaCredit: AP:Associated Press
7 Migrants are detained by Mexican immigration authoritiesCredit: AP:Associated Press
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