But Trump has repeatedly suggested there is another secret part of the deal that would require more of Mexico. It's no secret that the US has been pushing Mexico in this direction for a while (indeed, prior talks that the Times calls "secret" were publicly announced).
"They have to work and get something done because you got a tremendous problem at the border".
"We have fully signed and documented another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico, one that the USA has been asking about getting for many years". I don't blame them, but this is actually ultimately going to be good for Mexico, too, and it's good for the relationship of Mexico with us, ' he said. The Mexican peso was up more than 2% against the dollar but major risks remain for the currency.
Trump waved the ostensible agreement in front of reporters amid questions on whether his administration really did reach a substantial agreement last week to stem the flow of hundreds of thousands of migrants who pass through Mexico to enter the United States.
In a further sign the deal is a work-in-progress, Ebrard said Mexico and the U.S. would hold talks with Guatemala, Panama, Brazil and the United Nations refugee agency on additional measures to control migration, because the solution "has to be regional".
A senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity to share details of closed-door talks, said Mexico had expressed openness to the idea during negotiations, and said the two countries would continue to discuss the issue over the coming months.
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Ebrard said that if Mexico could not contain the migrant flows, other countries might also need to be involved.
Washington wants Mexico to be declared a safe third country in which asylum seekers would have to seek safe harbor instead of the United States, a demand Mexico has rejected in the past. "If we have to participate in a regional model like the one I have just described, we would have to present that to Congress". Migrants from African countries regularly fly to Brazil before making the arduous journey north.
Mr Ebrard also said USA negotiators had wanted Mexico to commit to "zero migrants" crossing its territory, but that was "mission impossible". The U.S. also committed to accelerating asylum claims while Mexico said it will "offer jobs, healthcare and education according to its principles".
Mexico had no specific target for the reduction of migrant numbers, Ebrard said.
Asked if Mexico had agreed to become a safe third country to house migrants seeking asylum in the United States, Trump said, "I'm not going to say one way or the other".
Ebrard also said there was no agreement between the United States and Mexico to purchase more agricultural products under the accord, despite Trump saying over the weekend that Mexico had agreed to buy "large quantities" from US farmers.