Trump to End Aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras over Migrants
Donald Trump has a plan to save us MILLIONS of dollars in aid by capping said aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras in response to what he calls their lack of help in reducing the influx of migrants coming to the American border.
And I mean… can you blame him? The world’s problems cannot be our problems and these countries need to do something to slow down (or stop) the influx we’ve been seeing, oddly since Trump was elected.
In a statement released Saturday, the State Department said it’s“ending . . . foreign assistance programs for the Northern Triangle” which effectively ends almost $500 million in aid.
“I’ve ended payments to Guatemala, to Honduras and El Salvador. No more money is going there anymore,” Trump told reporters. “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.”
Democratic officials, aid groups and former officials said Trump’s action could boomerang by shrinking or eliminating some of the very programs keeping would-be migrants in Central America.
Of course, the Democrats along with several other groups and officials, are slamming Trump’s action to protect our borders…
“Ironically, our goals of having people stay and thrive in El Salvador are very similar to the current administration’s,” said Ken Baker, chief executive of Glasswing International, which runs education, health and entrepreneurship programs in El Salvador and receives funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development. “Through our programs, we’ve been able to provide opportunities and the belief that they [would-be migrants] can thrive here.”
“The key is to get to them before” they leave for the United States, he said. “When you’re talking about the problem at the border in the U.S., it’s already too late.”
While others like Jim Nealon, a former U.S. ambassador to Honduras, says that Donald Trump doesn’t understand the way the aid works but I think that’s really beside the point. Something needs to be done and I believe this is another great step by our POTUS.
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