Mexico-US Deal Leaves Questions, Concerns About Migration

Posted: June 8, 2019, 8:47 pm

Mexico-US Deal Leaves Questions, Concerns About Migration People enter the U.S. at the Otay Mesa port of entry at the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, Calif., June 8, 2019. – U.S. President Donald Trump touted on Saturday his deal averting tariffs on Mexico, a plan economists warned would have been disastrous for both nations. MEXICO CITIY — As Washington and Mexico City both took victory laps Saturday over a deal that headed off threatened tariffs on Mexican imports, it remained to be seen how effective it may be, and migration experts raised concerns about what it could mean for people fleeing poverty and violence in Central America.
Other than a vague reiteration of a joint commitment to promote development, security and growth in Central America, the agreement focuses almost exclusively on enforcement and says little about the root causes driving the surge in migrants seen in recent months.
“My sense is overall the Mexican government got out of this better than they thought. The..

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US, Mexico Reach Deal on Migration, Averting Tariffs

Posted: June 8, 2019, 7:56 am

US, Mexico Reach Deal on Migration, Averting Tariffs FILE – A truck of the Mexican company Olympics crosses the Puente Internacional Comercio Mundial (World Trade International Bridge) while approaching the border crossing into the U.S., in Laredo. Cindy Saine at the State Department contributed to this report.
The United States and Mexico have reached a deal on migration to avert tariffs, but U.S. officials say President Trump retains the authority to impose tariffs if Mexico fails to live up to it.
“I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico. The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended,” President Donald Trump said Friday on Twitter.
“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 i..

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Trump Announces Deal With Mexico Averting Tariffs

Posted: June 7, 2019, 9:26 pm

Trump Announces Deal With Mexico Averting Tariffs President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hold hands and wave at supporters as they walk across the South Lawn on their return to the White House, June 7, 2019, in Washington. Cindy Saine at the State Department contributed to this report.
U.S. President Donald Trump said late Friday that the United States and Mexico had reached a deal on migration to avert tariffs.
“I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico. The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended,” he tweeted.
“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,” Trump said.
Earlier Friday, Trump had tweeted that there was a “good chance” the two si..

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Trump’s Cruise Ban Hits Cuba’s Private-Sector Workers

Posted: June 5, 2019, 11:48 pm

Trump’s Cruise Ban Hits Cuba’s Private-Sector Workers Cruise ship MS Empress of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean International, leaves the bay of Havana, Cuba, June 5, 2019. HAVANA — Lazaro Hernandez, who has made a good living showing U.S. cruise ship passengers around Havana in his pink 1950s Chevrolet, says the new U.S. ban on cruises to Cuba will wipe out 90% of his business overnight.
Hernandez is one of thousands of Cubans who benefited from the boom in American visitors to the Caribbean’s largest island following the loosening of travel restrictions under former U.S. President Barack Obama during the short-lived 2014-2016 detente between the Cold War foes.
Obama’s successor, President Donald Trump, aims to punish Cuba’s Communist government, especially for its alliance with Venezuela, by tightening the rules once more. Yet Cubans say those who will really suffer are the people, including the private-sector workers the United States purports to support.
“This is a fatal b..

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Trump: ‘America Has Had Enough with Mexico’

Posted: June 2, 2019, 11:36 am

Trump: 'America Has Had Enough with Mexico' FILE – This May 29, 2019 photo released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shows some of 1,036 migrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, the largest that the Border Patrol says it has ever encountered. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Sunday that “America has had enough with Mexico,” contending that it is an “abuser” of the United States by not stopping the surge of Central American migrants headed north to seek asylum in the U.S.
Trump, who is threatening to impose a 5 percent tariff on Mexican exports sent to the U.S. unless it blocks the migrants short of the U.S. border, accused Mexico of “taking but never giving. It has been this way for decades.”
On Twitter, Trump said, “Either they stop the invasion of our Country by Drug Dealers, Cartels, Human Traffickers, Coyotes and Illegal Immigrants, which they can do very easily, or our many companies and jobs that have been foolishly allowed to ..

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A Look at Mexican Efforts to Stem Tide of Migrants 

Posted: May 31, 2019, 8:28 pm

A Look at Mexican Efforts to Stem Tide of Migrants FILE – An immigration agent checks the identity card of a woman at a temporary checkpoint in the outskirts of Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, April 29, 2019. MEXICO CITY — President Donald Trump says he's imposing tariffs on all goods from Mexico until the country stops the flow of undocumented migrants from Central America who cross its territory and enter the United States. Trump tweeted Friday that Mexico “can easily fix this problem. Time for them to finally do what must be done!'' Here's a look at what Mexico has done so far:
The problem
In the first three months of 2019, as many as 300,000 migrants — mostly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador — crossed through Mexico to reach the United States. Many were families with children, who cannot be detained for long in the United States.
FILE – President Donald Trump participates in a round-table on immigration and border security at the U.S. Border Patrol..

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Mexican President: Coercive Measures from US Won’t Fix Migration Problems

Posted: May 31, 2019, 2:06 pm

Mexican President: Coercive Measures from US Won't Fix Migration Problems FILE – A Central American migrant is detained by Mexican immigration agents on the highway to Pijijiapan, Mexico, April 22, 2019. Mexico's president responded to U.S. tariff threats with caution again Friday, urging “dialogue” over “coercive measures” in the latest conflict over the two countries' migration policies.
“I want to reiterate that we are not going to fall into any provocation; but we are going to be prudent, and we are going to respect the authorities of the United States and President Donald Trump,” said Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
“We think that any conflict and bilateral relations should be solved with dialogue, with communication. The use of coercive measures does not lead to anything good,” he added.
FILE – Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador attends a news conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, May 31, 2019. His statement F..

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Trump to Hit Mexico with Tariffs over ‘Illegal Migrants’

Posted: May 30, 2019, 7:55 pm

Trump: US to Hit Goods from Mexico with Tariffs over 'Illegal Migrants' FILE – A woman and children are ushered into cars by U.S. Border Patrol agents after crossing illegally over the border wall into San Diego, Calif., as seen from Tijuana, Mexico, Dec. 9, 2018. Washington will impose a 5 percent tariff on all goods from Mexico starting June 10, a measure that will last until “illegal migrants” stop coming through the country into the U.S., President Donald Trump said Thursday.
“On June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP,” Trump tweeted.
“The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied, at which time the Tariffs will be removed,” he wrote.

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Attorney for Huawei’s Meng Wants US Case Against Her Stopped

Posted: May 8, 2019, 11:12 am

Attorney for Huawei's Meng Wants US Case Against Her Stopped FILE – Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou arrives at her home after her court appearance in Vancouver, British Columbia, March 6, 2019. The attorney for a top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei says he will ask the court to stop the case against her because of comments from U.S. President Donald Trump.
Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou is under house arrest in Canada awaiting possible extradition to the United States, where she is wanted on fraud charges.
Meng and her attorney, Scott Fenton, appeared in a Vancouver courtroom Wednesday.
SEE ALSO: Chinese Tech Giant Huawei Takes US Government to Court Fenton said previous comments by Trump that he would intervene in Meng's case if it would help U.S.-China trade negotiations showed the case against her might be politically motivated.
Fenton called Trump's comments “intimidating and corrosive of the rule of law.”
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Trump’s Sanctions Wage Economic War

Posted: May 2, 2019, 11:25 am

Trump’s Sanctions Wage Economic War WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is increasingly reliant upon economic sanctions to achieve his foreign policy goals, despite a repeated emphasis that the use of military force remains a viable option. However, these coercive measures, analysts say, have not produced their intended results, and at times have put the United States at odds with allies.
Venezuela
SEE ALSO: Pompeo: US Prepared for Military Intervention in Venezuela In the case of Venezuela, the Trump sanctions that include the seizure of Venezuela’s oil assets in the United States, along with joining more than 50 other countries in recognizing Juan Guaido, the head of the National Assembly, as the interim president, have energized the opposition. Despite the economic pain caused by the sanctions, the massive protests in the country, and reports of growing mid-level military support for the opposition, socialist leader Nicolas Maduro has continued to hold on to power through increas..

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