10:01 GMT17 May 2021
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    US President Donald Trump said Friday that Mexico agreed to bolster the country's border control to curb the flow of undocumented migrants to the United States.

    Trump said on Twitter that Mexico will "take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration" through the country and to the US border, stressing that the threatened tariffs against Mexican goods are "indefinitely suspended".

    Last week, Trump said the United States would impose a 5 percent tariff on all goods imported from Mexico beginning on June 10 and increase the tariffs to 25 percent by October unless Mexico quells the illegal immigration crisis.

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    Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Thursday that the country would deploy up to 6,000 troops to its southern border with Guatemala to help contain the flow of migrants seeking to cross into the United States through the Mexican border.

    Earlier, the US-based media reported the details of an alleged deal between Washington and Mexico, suggesting that the agreement would allow the United States to deport Central American asylum seekers.
    One of the points in the US-Mexico migration deal reportedly envisaged a strict requirement for citizens of Central American countries to seek refuge in the first foreign country they arrive in after leaving their own country.

    The United States will reportedly deport Guatemalan asylum seekers to Mexico, and send Honduran and Salvadoran asylum seekers to Guatemala.

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    An increasing number of Central American migrants have been arriving at the US border with Mexico in recent months. Trump has called the surge of arrivals a crisis and declared a national emergency in February to secure funds to build a border wall.

    Meanwhile, US authorities apprehended more than 130,000 migrants at the nation’s Southwest Border with Mexico in May, the highest number in 13 years, according to data released by Customs and Border Protection.

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