The Mexican government had pledged to deploy the national guard nationwide by focusing on its southern border – an important part of Friday's agreement – during secret meetings in March between former national security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Mexican internal secretary Olga Sanchez in Miami, officials told the Times.
A senior government official insisted in the Times that the Mexican government agreed to move to discourage migrants faster and more aggressively than they ever did before talks this week.
As Ebrard noted in a press conference after the announcement of the agreement on Friday, the Mexican government did not accept the US push for a secure agreement for third countries, which would require asylum seekers traveling through the Mexico to present their American asylum case in Mexico.
"In the first meeting they proposed to have a safe third state, which is not the case here, which is very important, and on the other hand we agreed to have a larger version of the migrants left in Mexico during the asylum claim) and to accelerate the deployment of the national guard, "said Ebrard, calling the agreement" a fair game ".
Trump presented the agreement as a victory in a couple of tweets at the beginning of Saturday.
Democratic Congress leaders have criticized Trump for his attempts to negotiate an agreement.
The Senate majority Chuck Schumer confessed to Trump's repeated return to the issue, tweeting Friday night: "This is a historic night! @RealDonaldTrump has announced that it has cut a deal to & # 39; reduce, or eliminate, l & # 39; illegal immigration from Mexico and the United States States. Now that that problem is solved, I am sure we will not hear about it again in the future. "
On Saturday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Trump of "undermining the pre-eminent role of America in the world by threatening to impose tariffs on our close friend and neighbor to the south".
The Congress, he said, will hold the White House "responsible for its failures in addressing the humanitarian situation on the southern border".
CNN's Jeremy Diamond, Maegan Vazquez, Michelle Kosinski and Eli Watkins contributed to this report.
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