Trump intends to cut foreign aid to 3 Central American nations

Migrants from Central America held at the border crossing in El Paso

Migrants from Central America held at the border crossing in El Paso

"As we visit El Salvador evaluating the importance of USA assistance to Central America to address the root causes of family and child migration, we are extremely disappointed to learn that President Trump intends to cut off aid to the region", said the statement from five lawmakers, including Rep. Eliot L. Engel of NY, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "When you close the border also you will stop a lot of the drugs from coming in", Trump told reporters in Florida on Friday.

"As we visit El Salvador evaluating the importance of USA assistance to Central America to address the root causes of family and child migration, we are extremely disappointed to learn that President Trump intends to cut off aid to the region", said the statement from five lawmakers, including Rep. Eliot L. Engel of NY, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee. This is a time when these countries could use additional investments and partnerships from the United States to promote economic opportunities and security for their citizens, nothing less, "said the United States Global Leadership Coalition, composed of retired diplomats, military leaders and members of Congress".

"Nobody knows what this is", he said, adding that by midday on Monday, no instructions had been sent to US aid missions in the region on how to implement the decision. The money pays for development and humanitarian assistance, as well as anti-gang efforts by the police of the three countries.

Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat from IL, dismissed the threat to close the border as "a totally unrealistic boast" by Trump. The timing only underscores that Trump's action was largely driven by domestic political considerations and the need to continuously incite his ultra-right supporters with new acts of aggression against vulnerable and persecuted people. The department declined to provide further details. A surge of asylum seekers from the three countries, known collectively as the Northern Triangle, has sought to enter the United States in recent days.

As the statement from the State Department indicated, Congress will be involved in making permanent cuts to foreign aid. The funding does not go to the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala or Nicaragua.

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Wednesday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen signed what she called a "first of its kind" regional compact agreement with the Northern Triangle countries aimed at preventing irregular migration, combating criminal organizations and ultimately helping with U.S. border security.

However, several analysts consider that the cut of assistance will only worsen the conditions of poverty and violence in those nations, and will make more people leave their countries, a criterion that was echoed by several democratic politicians.

Trump's decision to cut aid is a full reversal of this policy, and Congressional Democrats were swift to condemn the decision. Sen. He called for "doing our part to help stabilize the situation in the Northern Triangle and stem the flow of children and refugees to our borders". "We will work with our colleagues in Congress to do everything in our power to push back on the President's misguided approach to Central America". He said Mexico needs to solidify its southern border with Guatemala to prevent the caravans from heading north through Mexico to the USA and that the three Central American counties need to curb migrants from leaving their countries.

Trump has previously been warned about trying to build a wall on the border.

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