Mexico announces National Guard deployment to southern border

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The deployment of troops is part of a deal between Mexico and the United States, reached on June 7, to stem the flow of illegal immigrants coming into America.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Monday that measures agreed with the United States last week to stem the flow of US -bound migrants entering Mexico from Central America will be evaluated after 45 days. While talking with reporters Monday, the president brandished a sheet of paper and identified it as the agreement in question - but refused to share details of what it contained.

However, officials have said that the Mexican government had agreed to this during secret talks in Miami between Kirstjen Nielsen, the former secretary of homeland security, and Olga Sanchez, the Mexican secretary of the interior in March. They continue to say that everything that was agreed between the US and Mexico is on the table, is out there in public. But the long-term costs of such an approach could be very high, since it creates a climate of global instability and endangers United States relations with close allies, like Mexico, while threatening to escalate tensions with competitors like China.

"We could say that we're already in the implementation phase of the special plan", Ebrard said, adding that the National Guard rollout will be carried out quickly starting this week.

If, after 45 days, the U.S. government "determines at its discretion" that the results aren't enough, the document says, "the Government of Mexico will take all necessary steps under domestic law to bring the agreement into force".

Mr Ebrard also said USA negotiators had wanted Mexico to commit to "zero migrants" crossing its territory, but that was "mission impossible".

It also stated that Mexico had committed to doing everything it could immediately to become a safe third country.

Mr 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". For a long time, for many years, people tried to get what we got in a period of a couple of days, and they couldn't get it. But it seems like this is the first time they're considering it, which is quite a big deal.

Discussions would take place with Brazil, Panama and Guatemala - the countries now used by migrants as transit points - to see if they could share the burden of processing asylum claims.

Ebrard said those asylum seekers would start being returned to wait out their cases in Mexico via three more cities, which officials will decide on Friday.

CORNISH: Finally, you've reported to us that Mexico's new National Guard is small, still getting on its feet. But that's what they want to do because they want to produce. They have not been deployed anywhere yet. As they see it, employing the full force of America's economic might, even if that interferes with the goal of maintaining an open global trade system, is a legitimate way of protecting USA national interests. This was created by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador very recently.

"Safe third country could be applied if we fail, and we accept what they say", Ebrard said on Tuesday evening, noting that Mexican legislators would then give consideration to accommodating a change in migration law.

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