09/10/19 – The Washington Post
By David Nakamura & Nick Miroff
A day after touting a decline in unauthorized immigration, the White House sought to redouble pressure on Mexico to interdict migrants, illustrating the sensitive balance for the administration as President Trump seeks to demonstrate progress on a key campaign promise.
In an afternoon meeting at the White House, Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to gain support from Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard to take additional steps to stem the record surge of Central American families that led to overcrowded border facilities in the spring. But in a sign that negotiations remain fraught, Ebrard told reporters afterward that he reiterated Mexico’s opposition to the Trump administration demands for a “safe third country” agreement that would require Central Americans to apply for asylum in Mexico.