Cuts To U.S. Foreign Aid For Central American Countries Could Increase Migration, Experts Say

Associated Press: U.S. aid cuts will spur Central America migration, experts say
“Government officials, aid workers, and activists in Central America are mystified by U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to cut off nearly $500 million in aid to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador in response to what he calls an immigration crisis. Over time, they say, it will only worsen the problem…” (Aleman, 4/2).

Devex: ‘Rescission by another name.’ Trump move sparks questions for implementers
“President Donald Trump’s surprise announcement last week that the United States would cease all foreign assistance funds to the ‘Northern Triangle’ countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras has left NGOs, implementers, government agencies, and the U.S. Congress scrambling to determine how much funding and what programs could be impacted by a sudden evaporation of money…” (Welsh, 4/3).

New York Times: Trump Wants to Cut Aid to Central America. Here Are Some of the Dozens of U.S.-Funded Programs.
“…Critics of the cuts say they will target programs aimed at preventing violence, curbing extreme poverty and hunger, and strengthening the justice system — the very problems residents of those countries give for leaving home and pursuing a more stable future elsewhere. … Here are some examples of programs financed by American dollars in the three countries targeted by President Trump…” (Specia, 4/2).

New York Times: Where Does Aid to Central America Go? Police Officers, Farmers and NGOs
“…The decision to end aid is likely to provoke anger in Congress, where lawmakers in both parties have supported efforts to address the root causes of migration. If the money is ultimately withheld, it would affect a wide range of programs designed to improve citizen security, promote economic development, and encourage accountable government…” (Malkin, 4/1).

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