Migrants detained in Mexico are sent BACK to Guatemala on buses as part of tougher border security measures following Trump ultimatum to stop the surge of Central Americans or face tariffs

Friday, June 7, 2019
By Paul Martin

Government buses were seen crossing the Mexico-Guatemala border Thursday
They were carrying migrants being forced to return to their home countries
Mexico is in ongoing negotiations with the Trump administration to avoid the implementation of potentially catastrophic tariffs threatened by the president
VP Mike Pence says there’s no deal yet even though Mexico offers to send troops to block migrant caravans from flooding northward toward the US
Trump threatens 5 per cent tariffs on Mexico’s exports to the US if it doesn’t help block hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers from entering America
US wants authority to deport them and make them wait in the first ‘safe’ country they enter while the US system crawls toward their asylum hearings
Presently they’re held for a short time, given a distant hearing date and released; a majority don’t come back and disappear into the interior of the country

By MEGAN SHEETS
DAILYMAIL.COM
7 June 2019

US-bound migrants detained in Mexico are being transported back to Guatemala as Mexican officials continue efforts to prevent President Donald Trump from imposing tariffs.

Government buses were seen crossing the international bridge between Mexico and Guatemala in Ciudad Hidalgo on Thursday carrying migrants who are being forced to return home to the countries they’d fled from.

The deportation came one day after a caravan with 1,000 people heading north to seek asylum in the US was intercepted by Mexican officials on a highway outside of Tapachula.

The Mexican government is fighting to contain the flow of illegal immigrants amid negotiations with the Trump administration to avoid the implementation of potentially catastrophic tariffs threatened by the president.

Mexico offered to send up to 6,000 members of its national guard to secure its southern border with Guatemala on Thursday – but Vice President Mike Pence says a deal is still not ready.

Pence led an initial round of negotiations in Washington on Wednesday, saying talks were positive but emphasizing the administration still wants Mexico to commit to working harder to combat illegal immigration.

‘We welcomed the efforts of the Mexican officials to offer solutions to the crisis at our southern border, but we need Mexico to do more,’ Pence said on Thursday.

The Washington Post reported that the United States has proposed deporting Guatemalan illegal immigrants and asylum-seekers to Mexico as part of a deal, but that part of a broader agreement is facing snags.

Trump wants to deport Central American asylum seekers to a third country, and to force them to apply for US asylum at the American embassy of the first ‘safe’ country they enter after leaving their own.

Current US policy allows anyone who reaches American soil to ask for asylum, virtually guaranteeing they are eventually released into the interior of the country pending hearings that can be years away. A majority don’t show up and remain in the US illegally.

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