Why the USA cut off aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras

Posted April 03, 2019

"We will be engaging Congress as part of this process". Most of those people can remain in the United States while their asylum claims are processed, which can take years because of ballooning immigration court backlogs.

"That is by far a greater number than anything I saw on my watch in my three years as secretary of Homeland Security", Johnson said.

I'm not playing games.

On Saturday, the Trump administration released a statement saying that it will be cutting financial assistance to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador-approximately $700 million will be slashed. "No money goes there anymore". We were giving them $500 million.

"We were paying them tremendous amounts of money, and we're not paying them anymore because they haven't done a thing for us", he continued.

Critics argued the administration's planned Central America aid cutoff would be tantamount to cutting off its nose to spite its face. "This president is looking at the metrics", Conway said, adding that the country has "never seen a surge" in immigration "like this".

One former US official said there was "chaos" in the State Department and USA embassies as officials tried to figure out whether they had to cancel existing contracts or simply not renew them.

Mr. Trump indicated on Friday he would be cutting aid to the countries as punishment for their inability to stem the flow of migrants heading to the southern USA border.

In a statement last Friday, Honduran Foreign Minister Maria Dolores Aguero suggested that such assertions could actually spur aspiring migrants to come together in larger groups. Ports of entry are official crossing points that are used by residents and commercial vehicles.

Migrant caravans have sparked a debate in the USA over illegal immigration and whether the countries in question should do more to stop them. One such US -funded program in El Salvador gives children job training, and according to Schrayer, homicides rates have come down 78% in these areas.

The US and Mexico trade about USD1.7 billion in goods daily and closing the border would be "an unmitigated economic debacle" that would threaten five million American jobs, according to the US Chamber of Commerce.

"Congress, not the executive branch, is responsible for deciding how and where we spend our foreign assistance dollars".

White House officials are warning that US President Donald Trump is serious about closing the border with Mexico to tackle the "crisis" there. Families and children continue to seek asylum at the U.S. -Mexico border, however, and Trump says the detention centers are full. New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called Mr Trump's order a "reckless announcement" and urged Democrats and Republicans alike to reject it. This latest reported move shows the Administration still does not understand that the United States cuts foreign aid to Central America at our own peril.