Trump Says U.S. Will Cut Off Aid to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, Calling Migrants an Emergency
Jordan Kirkland - October 22nd, 2018
Over the weekend, the group, fleeing violence and poverty in Central America, is pushed through Mexico’s southern border, growing in number as they move towards the United States.
Following a brief altercation that featured tear gas and rioting at the Mexico-Guatemala border, the caravan of migrants pushed through, continuing their mass exodus to the United States.
The caravan, which has grown to 5,000 to 7,000 members, was on the move again Monday morning, departing the southern Mexico city of Tapachula.
With the caravan making its way to the U.S., President Donald Trump said on Monday he has told the U.S. military and border authorities that a migrant caravan heading toward the United States from Central America represented a national emergency.
Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!
Trump's tirade didn't stop there, with the president blaming Democrats for "not givining us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws!"
Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws! Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally.
Trump has been critical of Democrats over the Honduran migration, shifting the spotlight to their policies on open borders. Many Republicans believe that the effect that Obama's presidency had on immigration has led to a "lack of policy" in the United States.
The president finished his verbal onslaught, saying that the U.S. will cut off aid to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador for their failure to stop the mass migration.
Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S. We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them.
Since Trump became president last year, the United States has already moved to sharply decrease aid to Central America.
In 2016, the United States provided some $131.2 million in aid to Guatemala, $98.3 million to Honduras, and $67.9 million to El Salvador, according to official U.S. data. By next year, those sums were projected to fall to $69.4 million for Guatemala, $65.8 million for Honduras, and $45.7 million in the case of El Salvador. Combined, the cuts amount to a reduction of almost 40 percent for the three nations.
Trump and his fellow Republicans have sought to elevate the caravan as a campaign issue ahead of the Nov. 6 congressional elections in which his party is fighting to maintain control of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
Congress has failed to fully fund Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexican border, which he has argued is needed to combat illegal immigration.
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