President Trump’s Decision To Cut Aid To Central American Nations Could Cause More Migration, Experts Say

CBS News: Trump’s move to cut aid to Central America will spur more migration, aid workers warn
“…Although Mr. Trump believes his move [to cut aid to El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, collectively known as the ‘Northern Triangle,’] will force the region’s governments to stop the mass migration of their citizens, Democrats and U.S.-financed non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in these countries warn the aid cut will have the opposite effect, both prompting more migration and penalizing poor and working-class Central Americans for the failures of their elected leaders…” (Montoya-Galvez, 4/4).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: U.S. aid cuts to Central America may backfire, fueling migration north: charities
“A decision by the U.S. government to cut aid to three Central American nations is ‘counterproductive,’ likely to backfire and fuel rather than stem the flow of migrants north fleeing gang violence and dire poverty, charities said on Tuesday. … Charities that receive funding from the U.S. government to promote economic and social development in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras say aid cuts not only will do little good but will make matters worse…” (Moloney, 4/2).

USA TODAY: U.S. aid to Central America: What it does, why Trump cut it and why that may not end the migration crisis
“…El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala have struggled for years with violence, poverty, and insecurity. … All the while, the three countries are struggling with a historic drought that has put more than two million people at risk of food insecurity, according to the United Nations. But a study published by Vanderbilt University said U.S. aid has helped improve conditions little by little. … Trump sees things differently. The combination of violence, poverty and food insecurity in Central America has driven record numbers of families to head north to seek U.S. asylum. On Tuesday, State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said rising migration showed that U.S. aid was not working…” (Gomez, 4/4).

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