1. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State:
"I thought to I'd spend just a minute here talking about the agreement that was reached with United States and Mexico on Friday of last week. Frankly it reflects diplomacy at its finest. It shows the enduring strength too of the relationship between our two countries and it's a significant win for the American people. The deal continues the Trump administration's commitment, the strongest by any administration history to confront the tide of illegal immigration and many other problems along our southern border, including the drug trafficking issues that transit there. The president's doing precisely what he said he would do. We agreed to a number of things including the placement of 6000 Mexican National Guard along the Mexican southern border. It's the biggest effort to date that the Mexican, it's something that we pressed for with them throughout the time of the negotiations. We'll work closely with them to make sure that that is a successful effort. Those crossing the U.S. southern border to seek asylum will be rapidly returned to Mexico where they may await their adjudication of their asylum claims. We've seen this before. We were able to do this to the tune of a couple hundred people per day. We now have the capacity to do this full throttle and engage this in a way that will make a fundamental difference in the calculus for those deciding to transit Mexico to try to get into the United States.This full blown effort under the migration protocols is a big deal and something that we worked on very, very very diligently with our Mexican counterparts over two days.
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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State:
"I've seen some reporting that says that these countless hours were nothing that they amounted to a waste of time. I can tell you that the team here at the State Department believes full throatedly that this is an important set of agreement support and set of understandings, one that we'll continue to work on because in the end we'll be measured by the outcomes that we deliver with respect to stemming the flow of illegal immigration into our country."
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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State:
"The scale, the effort, the commitment here is very different from what we were able to achieve back in December. And and frankly, it wouldn't have happened. The entire team from the Mexico government that came up, that came up because the president had raised the specter of 5 percent tariffs on their products. It's what prompted this series of conversations that took on a level of seriousness and a timed commitment that we were committed to getting done before the weekend. So it's a fundamentally different commitment about doing this across the entire border at scale. You see the numbers in the several thousand per day. Those those are the folks that will now be subject to the migrant protocols and will be, when appropriately adjudicated, returned to Mexico to await their asylum hearing hearings inside of Mexico."
Secretary of Mike Pompeo praised President Donald Trump's deal with Mexico to avert tariffs that was announced last week, calling it "a win for the American people" and saying it "reflects diplomacy at its finest."
The comments come as the Trump administration faces questions about just how much of the deal is actually new.
The agreement includes a commitment from Mexico, for instance, to deploy its new National Guard to the country's southern border with Guatemala.
Mexico, however, had already intended to do that before Trump's latest threat and had made that clear to U.S. officials. Mexican officials have described their commitment as an accelerated deployment.
The U.S. also hailed Mexico's agreement to embrace the expansion of a program implemented earlier this year under which some asylum seekers are returned to Mexico as they wait out their cases. But U.S. officials had already been working to expand the program, which has already led to the return of about 10,000 to Mexico without Mexico's public embrace.
Trump has pushed back on that criticism, defending the deal and his threat to slap a 5% tax on all Mexican goods on Monday to pressure the country to do more to stem the flow of Central American migrants across the U.S. southern border.
He insists without the threat, Mexico never would have acted.
Pompeo underscored that line to reporters at the State Department Monday, insisting "the scale, the effort, the commitment here is very different from what we were able to achieve back in December."
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