Mexico Denied Agreement With The US For Threats By Donald Trump As Noted By NYT Journalists

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) denied that the content of the book called Border Wars, written by Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael Shear, is true that Mexico agreed to receive migrants under threats from Donald Trump.

The agency, in charge of Marcelo Ebrard, said that negotiations on the immigration issue have always been led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the chancellor, so they rejected the existence of secret negotiations led by Javier López Casarín, nor during the transition period, nor after the inauguration.

"There is no collusion between the two governments, nor with respect to the unilateral application of the National Law and Immigration of the United States, nor material of immigration policy in general," he said.

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The Foreign Ministry said that negotiations between the two countries are traditionally carried out behind closed doors and under total secrecy.

According to the agency, the "diplomatic interactions of the Mexican government with the United States start from a clear contrast of visions, particularly in immigration matters," however, "Mexico has remained firm in its commitment to a Comprehensive Development Plan as response to the migration phenomenon ”, as well as in its refusal to participate as a safe third country

The secretariat said that the diplomatic path has been complicated, but it has paid off and as an example, the private investment corporation of the US government contributed $ 187 million to support development in the south of the country.

According to the book "Border Wars: Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration," by The New York Times reporters Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael Shear, now Chancellor Ebrard and his team of negotiators agreed to implement the "Remain in Mexico" protocol (Stay in Mexico), although they publicly stated that the decision was taken unilaterally by Washington.

The negotiations that took place during the transition between the administrations of Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Enrique Peña Nieto were accelerated by Trump's threats launched after the midterm elections in November 2018, when he said he would be willing to close the southern border of states United and restrict asylum, review the book published this month.

The text mentions that the fact that the Americans could have obtained a commitment from the Mexicans to begin retaking immigrants meant that there was room for an agreement. Above all, what led them there was the threat that Trump was so crazy, as he sometimes seemed.

In order for Mexico to accept, according to Davis and Shear, the United States would have to commit to a $ 10 billion development plan for Mexico and the Central American countries, which would be announced first. That would allow Mexico to point out an advantage for its cooperation with the new agreement.

The negotiator of the details of the agreement was, according to the book, Javier Lopez Casarín, who was not and is not an official of the Mexican Foreign Ministry. It is described as the "right hand" of Ebrard. López Casarín is president of the Technical, Academic and Scientific Council of the Consultative Council of the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation.

Additionally, letters of intent for financing were signed that will mobilize USD 1,875 million to projects in the southeast.

Meanwhile, Mexico committed USD 60 million for the implementation of the “Sowing Life” and Youth Building the Future ”programs in Honduras and El Salvador.

"The above is a clear proof of our strategy: in the face of two contrasting positions, dialogue and diplomacy allow us to find intelligent solutions," he said.

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