Mexico rejected this demand, which would have forced the Mexican government to accept numerous migrants detained trying to enter the United States by making them submit their asylum claims in Mexico rather than with USA authorities.
AFTER raising economic uncertainty and unnerving the financial markets for close to two weeks, USA president Donald Trump announced last Friday that he was "indefinitely suspending" his May 30 threat to unilaterally raise tariffs up to 25 per cent on American imports from Mexico as part of an effort to punish it for allegedly failing to end illegal immigration across its border into the United States.
Another central demand by Trump was for the enlargement of a program which keeps asylum-seekers in Mexico while their cases are reviewed.
"They have been working very hard".
"We also reached an agreement with Guatemala to reform our laws to essentially say that if people are looking for asylum they ought to be willing to apply for asylum in the first safe country in which they arrive".
Over the weekend there was no sign that Mexico had started to harden the border, with migrants and locals crossing a river on rafts in sight of a busy official port of entry. President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto invited both presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to talk about the bilateral relation between Mexico and the United States, being Trump the first one to accept the invitation. "If we fail, and if we don't get the results, well, we're not going to have solid arguments to propose a different path".
It also mentioned "45 days" and said Mexico agreed to examine its laws regarding the introduction an agreement on asylum seekers into the US. "There is no other thing beyond what I have just explained", he told reporters, while pointing to the already disclosed details.
"Mexico took the President's tariff threat very seriously and they're starting to take enforcement of their southern border seriously".
"It's sad that, when you think of it, Mexico is doing is more for the United States, as of now, than Congress".
'That's the agreement that everybody says I don't have, ' he said, refusing to unfold the page to show any text.
"They have to work and get something done because you got a tremendous problem at the border". And it means crime.
Trump has made stopping illegal immigration a priority during his two years in office.
In the U.S., Customs and Border Protection announced it's sending an advisory team to Guatemala. US border officials apprehended about 133,000 people at the border in May, triple the amount from a year earlier though still below historic highs.