Confirmed: President Trump is Hiring a Border Czar

Clay Curtis
June 15, 2019

Ebrard said officials would discuss which cities the program would expand to, as well as how to measure the number of people and which nationalities Mexico would accept.

The program, known as Remain in Mexico, now operates in Tijuana, Mexicali and Ciudad Juarez.

Trump said he had meant to make the announcement next week, "but I'd rather announce it now". The head of Mexico's National Migration Institute, Tonatiuh Guillen, resigned on Friday for "personal reasons", an interior ministry official said.

However, Mexico has not accepted that the United States send it an unlimited number of asylum seekers, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said, ahead of planned meetings with US officials on Friday to determine details of the expansion. That level had not been seen since 2004, when most of the people crossing were single men, who could be returned over the border more easily.

If after 45 days the United States decides, "at its discretion and after consultation with Mexico", that those measures are not enough, Mexico "will take all necessary steps under domestic law to bring the (binding bilateral) agreement into force with a view to ensuring that the agreement will enter into force within 45 days", the document concludes.

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Mexico's government on Friday published the section of the joint accord which said Mexico would examine any changes to its legislation necessary to permit a safe third country arrangement to come into force 90 days after June 7. "He'll be a border czar, reporting directly to me".

"Tom Homan's coming back, I would say that would be announced next week except I'd rather announce it now", President Trump said in an interview with "Fox & Friends".

Homan served as the acting director of ICE in the Trump administration in 2017 before he joined Fox News Channel as a contributor in August 2018.

Many migrants and asylum seekers in Tapachula have told Al Jazeera that the increased security will not deter others from trekking north.

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