Mexico’s government released a copy of a letter on Friday that President Trump revealed in front of cameras earlier this week. He described it as a deal reached with the country to stop the flow of migrants heading toward the U.S.
The letter, first published by the Mexican newspaper Reforma, states that the U.S. and Mexico “will immediately begin discussions to establish definitive terms for a binding bilateral agreement to further address burden-sharing and the assignment of responsibility for processing refugee claims of migrants.”
The June 7th document states that under such an agreement both countries would commit to “accept the return and process refugee status claims, of third-party nationals who have crossed that party’s territory to arrive at a port of entry or between ports of entry of the other party.”
It also states that if the U.S. determines after 45 days from the joint declaration reached last week that the measures adopted by Mexico “have not sufficiently achieved results in addressing the flow of migrants to the southern border” then Mexico will take steps to bring the agreement into force within another 45 days.
Mexico’s most prominent diplomat, Marcelo Ebrard, presented the document to the Mexican Senate on Friday and said there was no other agreement from the negotiations with the U.S. Ebrard has said the two sides will reassess the migrant situation after 45 days and again after 90 days.
Trump held up a single folded sheet of paper in front of cameras before leaving on a trip to Iowa, saying the paper represented an agreement between the U.S. and Mexico. But president declined to share any details about the letter.
“That’s the agreement that everybody says I don’t have,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday while pulling the document from the pocket of his jacket.
“This is one page of a very long and very good agreement for both Mexico and the United States,” he added.