'All Will Stay in Mexico': Trump Threatens to Close Southern US Border

'All Will Stay in Mexico': Trump Threatens to Close Southern US Border

'All Will Stay in Mexico': Trump Threatens to Close Southern US Border

The tweets came after The Washington Post reported the U.S. had reached a deal with Mexico's incoming government that would represent a major overhaul of border policy.

Hours earlier, The Washington Post cited her as saying that the incoming administration of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had agreed to allow asylum seekers to stay in Mexico as a "short-term solution", while the United States considered their applications for asylum.

The president took to Twitter a day after reports that his administration has struck a deal with Mexico's incoming government that would mean Washington could use Mexico as, essentially, an ante-room for thousands of asylum seekers seeking to enter the U.S.

"There is no agreement of any sort between the incoming Mexican government and the United States government", future Interior Minister Olga Sanchez said in a statement on Saturday.

Donald Trump said Mexico would be "very smart" to stop groups of Central American migrants before they reached the southern USA border, and again laid the blame for US immigration problems on Democrats.

Trump said on Twitter.

"This conversation has also taken place with the current government, which has been reluctant to sign on to any document, by which the Mexican government would keep asylum seekers in Mexico - in part it has to do with resources, and in part because it would be criticised in Mexico if the Mexican government accepts such an agreement".

Hours earlier, the Washington Post quoted her as saying that the incoming administration of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had agreed to allow migrants to stay in Mexico as a "short-term solution" while the USA considered their applications for asylum.

Others, he said, would "stay in Mexico", he added, without elaboration.

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According to the newspaper, the plan was called "Remain in Mexico".

Incoming Interior Minister Olga Sanchez Cordero also told news agency Reuters no agreement had been reached - although the Washington Post article initially quoted her as saying it was a "short term solution" to deal with the migrant caravan.

Stephanie Leutert, director of the Mexico Security Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin, told AP the Remain in Mexico plan is part of a strategy to take away the ability of migrants to live and work in the USA while cases are processed.

Asked about the prospective plan on Saturday afternoon, a White House spokesperson did not deny it.

But she said they could not make any agreement on the issue, since they are not yet in government.

Almost 5,000 Hondurans and Guatemalans who have been traveling in caravans for more than a month are camping at sports fields in the Mexican border city of Tijuana as they wait for interviews with United States immigration officials. Tijuana's mayor declared a "humanitarian crisis" Friday as the border city sought additional federal and state aid to help house the migrants, most of whom are crowded into a sports complex a block from the U.S. -Mexico border fence.

This would end the current system, in which asylum seekers stay on safer United States soil while their claims are processed.

Julieta Vences, the head of the Mexican government's congressional migrant affairs commission and a member of Obrador's political party, told the AP late Saturday that the country's incoming foreign minister has been discussing how to handle an influx of migrants seeking asylum at the southern US border.

"They're going to have to open the borders [for the migrants] to put in the request", Vences said.

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