Schumer mocks Trump: ‘I’m sure we won’t be hearing any more’ about illegal immigration

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) jabbed President Trump on Friday night after Trump said he would drop plans to impose tariffs on Mexico because his administration had reached a deal to stem the flow of migrants to the U.S.

“This is an historic night! @realDonaldTrump has announced that he has cut a deal to ‘greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States,'” Schumer tweeted.

“Now that that problem is solved, I’m sure we won’t be hearing any more about it in the future,” Schumer added. 

The president had threatened to slap a 5 percent tariff on all goods from Mexico starting next week if the country did not ramp up its efforts to curb illegal border crossings into the U.S.{mosads}

Trump declared Friday evening that a deal had been reached to avoid the duties after negotiations with Mexican officials in Washington, saying the Mexican government would “take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border.” 

As part of the deal, Mexico will beef up its national guard presence at its southern border to stem the flow of Central American migrants northward, boost intelligence sharing with the U.S. and allow the U.S. to deport migrants seeking asylum to Mexico to await adjudication, according to the State Department. Mexico also said it would take stronger action against human and drug trafficking rings.

Illegal immigration has long been a centerpiece of Trump’s political agenda and rhetoric going back to his 2016 presidential campaign. Under his presidency, the administration has proposed a litany of policies to curb illegal and legal border crossings and curtail the number of refugees the country accepts.

Lawmakers from both parties had urged Trump this week not to go through with his threat to impose tariffs on Mexico, which has become the United States’s top trading partner, voicing concerns that such a move could hurt economic growth and derail a push to ratify a revised trade agreement with Mexico and Canada.

“I am glad President Trump has secured a commitment from the Mexican government to do more to secure their own borders and control the flow of people through their country. The security and humanitarian crisis on the southern border of the United States is unacceptable and Mexico has a crucial role to play as a responsible neighbor,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Friday. 

“It is also good news for Kentuckians and for all Americans that U.S. families won’t be hit with the price increases that would have resulted from new tariffs on imports from Mexico,” the majority leader continued in a statement.

The GOP leader argued that “the onus is now squarely on my Democratic colleagues in Congress” to approve money for agencies along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Republicans have been working for weeks to secure supplemental funding for the badly overstretched agencies conducting law enforcement and humanitarian missions amid the border crisis. Thus far, Democrats have dragged their heels and preferred to pick political fights with the President rather than get something done.”

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