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Say, wasn’t this agreement with Mexico to avoid tariffs supposed to be nothing different at all? Mexico’s foreign minister announced that their national guard deployment to the border would start today and ramp up rapidly, a dramatic change in the status quo:
Deployment of National Guard forces to Mexico’s southern border was due to start on Wednesday and will advance quickly under a migration control deal signed last week with the United States, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Wednesday.
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Mexico and the United States signed the deal on Friday, with Mexico agreeing to take steps to control the flow of people from Central America, including deploying 6,000 members of the country’s National Guard across its border with Guatemala.
“Starting from today, and in the coming days, the deployment is going to progress rapidly,” Ebrard said during a news conference with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
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Ebrard did not disclose how much the deployment and other measures would cost. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador did give a hint, however, by disclosing his personal sacrifice to fund the effort:
Lopez Obrador said some of the money needed to pay for the beefed-up migration program will come from selling the former presidential plane, at a minimum price of $150 million, and from the sale of other aircraft used in the prior administration.
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So let’s try to get this straight. All weekend long, we were told by various media outlets, led by the New York Times, that this agreement had nothing new in it and that Trump retreated without changing the status quo ante. Five days later, Mexico announces a new troop deployment to its southern border and its president is selling off its fleet of private jets to pay for its new asylum responsibilities.
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