While President Donald Trump secured a historic deal with Mexico to address the crisis at the border, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is more worried about the rights of migrants.
After threatening to hit them with a 5 percent tariff, Mexico made several concessions to the United States late last week and agreed to substantially increase its actions on migration policy.
Despite this obviously being a massive win for Trump and the American people, Pelosi lashed out and said she was worried about the rights of migrants.
As noted by The Washington Examiner, here’s Pelosi’s statement:
“President Trump undermined America’s preeminent leadership role in the world by recklessly threatening to impose tariffs on our close friend and neighbor to the south. Threats and temper tantrums are no way to negotiate foreign policy.”
Pelosi said she was “deeply disappointed” by the asylum provisions of the deal, which she claimed “violates the rights of asylum seekers under U.S. law and fails to address the root causes of Central American migration.”
Here’s more on the terms of the U.S.-Mexico deal:
The tariffs, a 5% tax on all goods imported from Mexico, were scheduled to take effect on Monday. Trump issued the threat as the Department of Homeland Security projected that more than 1 million people would be apprehended this year in illegal attempts to cross the southwest border.
The agreement calls for Mexico to “take unprecedented steps” to stop Central American migrants from entering the country on their way north to the United States, “to include the deployment of its National Guard throughout Mexico, giving priority to its southern border,” according to the State Department.
Mexican officials also agreed that migrants who reach the United States and request asylum “will be rapidly returned to Mexico” while U.S. officials review the petition.
“We would like to thank Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard for his hard work to negotiate a set of joint obligations that benefit both the United States and Mexico,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday night. “The United States looks forward to working alongside Mexico to fulfill these commitments so that we can stem the tide of illegal migration across our southern border and to make our border strong and secure.”
With several migrant caravans crashing into the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months, Trump has been forced to take serious actions.
Last month, the president ordered the Department of Defense to send thousands of additional American troops to the southern border to help assist border patrol with the migrant crisis.
Defense Department officials said the White House wants 9,000 to 10,000 more U.S. forces at the border over the next few months.
It was also reported that Trump is considering releasing detained migrants into Democratic-controlled sanctuary cities.
While Trump is trying to secure the border, establishment Republicans and Democrats continue to try to stop him.