News regarding the migrant caravan slowed to a halt once the midterm elections had ended. That changed this week as Donald Trump claimed all migrants will stay in Mexico until their claims are processed.
Trump’s statement led many to believe that the United States had reached an informal deal with Mexico regarding refugee processing. It now appears that Mexico is backtracking and no deal was ever made.
The Washington Post quoted Mexican domestic policy adviser Olga Sánchez Cordero as saying, “For now, we have agreed to this policy of Remain in Mexico.”
The White House celebrated the agreement as a sign of an improving relationship with Mexico. White House Spokesperson Hogan Gidley said, “President Trump has developed a strong relationship with the incoming Lopez Obrador Administration, and we look forward to working with them on a wide range of issues.”
Sánchez Cordero is now claiming no agreement was ever made. Since Lopez Obrador will not be taking office until December 1st, his administration is unable to make deals.
The domestic policy adviser told Reuters. “There is no agreement of any sort between the incoming Mexican government and the U.S. government.”
Trump has been quite vocal about the caravan as some of the group has now reached the US/Mexico border. He even railed against the migrants during Thanksgiving’s customary call to US soldiers serving overseas.
Yesterday Trump threatened that the US will take any and all steps to prevent the migrants from entering the country. He tweeted, “our very strong policy is Catch and Detain. No “Releasing” into the U.S… All will stay in Mexico. If for any reason it becomes necessary, we will CLOSE our Southern Border. There is no way that the United States will, after decades of abuse, put up with this costly and dangerous situation anymore!”
The White House will need to go back to the drawing board with Mexico as Trump currently has no agreement in place to back up these claims.