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Trump Withholding Hundreds Of Millions In Aid To Central America As Immigration Crisis Rages On

Jason Hopkins on June 17, 2019

President Donald Trump is officially withholding hundreds of millions in U.S. aid to three Central American countries as punishment for being much of the source of the current illegal immigration crisis.

The White House informed Congress Monday that it will permanently divert $370 million in aid to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, according to Reuters. That money was previously approved by Congress for fiscal year 2018, but had not yet been used.

Trump is not stopping there. The administration is also suspending $180 million that was approved in fiscal year 2017 that had not yet been spent.

The president’s decision to withhold aid to Central America’s Northern Triangle countries come as the immigration crisis continues to escalate.

U.S. Border Patrol apprehended more than 144,000 illegal migrants during May. The monthly total marked the third month in a row during which encounters topped 100,000, and verified apprehensions have grown every month since January. In total, well over half a million illegal migrants have been arrested by Border Patrol this fiscal year, and experts believe that number will hit one million when the year reaches its end.

A vast majority of these migrants are family units or unaccompanied minors from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. The Department of Homeland Security  burdened by regulations intended only for large-scale apprehensions of lone Mexican men  are buckling under the weight of the new migrant demographics.

Trump on a quest to stop illegal immigration

The Trump administration has made concerted efforts to control the flow of Central American immigrants pouring across Mexico and into the U.S. southern border. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan embarked on a four-day trip to the Northern Triangle in May and was able to secure an agreement with the Guatemalan government aiming to curb illegal immigration from the country.

The White House doubled down on its international efforts with a sweeping deal with Mexico’s government earlier in June. Per that agreement, Mexico will deploy up to 6,000 National Guard troops to its southern border with Guatemala, and is ramping up security of its northern border with the U.S.

News of Trump diverting aid from Central America isn’t surprising. The administration announced its initial intentions in March.

“At the Secretary’s instruction, we are carrying out the President’s direction and ending FY 2017 and FY 2018 foreign assistance programs for the Northern Triangle,” a State Department said in March. “We will be engaging Congress as part of this process.”

The president has long been critical of Central American governments accepting U.S. aid as they allow their citizens to illegally migrate.

“Mexico is doing NOTHING to help stop the flow of illegal immigrants to our Country. They are all talk and no action. Likewise, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have taken our money for years, and do Nothing. The Dems don’t care, such BAD laws. May close the Southern Border!” President Donald Trump tweeted in late March.

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  • ready, aim, fire, only sure way to stop these people from illegally entering the country. of course tho, keep the media away from there. just leave bodies where they pile up to rot, as a reminder of what happens if you break the laws of immigration. good thing that i am not in charge there.

  • None of our former presidents, democrat OR republican stepped up to the plate to do what was truly necessary to protect our borders. They all gave us a lot of lip service about how we needed to protect our borders, but the illegals kept streaming in. We finally have a president that is doing what a president is SUPPOSED to do, and trying to uphold the laws of our country, and protect the American citizens. If you've got a problem with that, you are either dumb, on the government teat, or part of the movement to destroy this country........or any combination of the above.

  • Doesn't the USA borrow the money that they give away and then stick the taxpayer with the bill?

  • TIME TO TELL THE POLITICIANS TO EITHER GET ON BOARD OR GET OUT, OF THE WAY, THE WALL IS GOING UP!

    These are NOT asylum seekers nor is this immigration, rather it is an INVASION of ILLEGAL ALIENS into our once great country!

    We already have some 30 million plus ILLEGAL ALIEN INVADERS, and now we MUST STOP this continued invasion in its tracks. ALL MUST BE DEPORTED BACK TO THEIR OWN COUNTRY.

    Time to SHUT DOWN our southern border and STOP ALL FEDERAL-AID going to foreign countries. Start charging a 25% REMITTANCE FEE ON ALL MONEY BEING SENT TO MEXICO, and other Central American countries.

    BOYCOTT MEXICO, and other Central American countries!!!

    END DACA, End Chain Migration, End Anchor babies, Make E-VERIFY MANDATORY, REDUCE the number of legal immigrants entering the USA, CLOSE LOOPHOLES in our immigration laws, End TPS, Build the Wall, and ENFORCE our current immigration laws.

    DEPORT THEM BACK TO THEIR OWN COUNTRY IMMEDIATELY!

    The invasion started before 1986 and has continued to this day, only many times the total each year going even higher of ILLEGAL ALIEN INVADERS entering the US ILLEGALLY.

    Time to put our military on our southern border and finally put a STOP to this insane madness. BY ALLOWING THEM TO DO WHAT THEY HAVE TRAINED FOR----PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY AND ITS CITIZENS. If that means separating children from their parents in order to prosecute the ILLEGAL INVADERS, then so be it!

  • What the hell? That's a total of $550,000,000 in foreign aid being sent to those Central American countries.........and a lot of good it's doing! What a total waste of American taxpayer dollars.......and it's just the tip of the iceberg in money leaving this country on an annual basis (billions.....quite possibly trillions!!!) in the name of 'foreign aid' with no accountability whatsoever on how the money is spent or the progress being made in third world hell holes! Hello Congress.....you worthless pieces of crap! Step up to the plate and do your damn job!

  • Read D'Souza's book, "The Death of a Nation." In it he chronicles the Democrat plantation system where they are the overseers, which include a bloated bureaucracy uf unfireable, overpaid people with great perks the rest of us can only dream of.

  • You will be surprised to learn that China gets 'foreign aid' from the US! Yep, China is on the list of recipients and we are in serious debt to China. Make sense to you??? Doesn't to me. The Washington syndicate could teach the Mafia a few tricks!

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