United States to begin cutting aid to Central America over migrant caravan

Clay Curtis
October 22, 2018

President Donald Trump said Monday he will move to cut foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador for failing to stop people "coming illegally into the U.S".

Thousands of Central American migrants hoping to reach the USA were deciding Monday whether to rest in a southern Mexico town or resume their arduous walk through Mexico as President Donald Trump rained more threats on their governments.

The President tweeted Monday that he'd spoken to the leaders of several central American nations, including Honduras, where the current "migrant caravans" originate, and informed them that the United States could reconsider global financial aid programs aimed at central America if the outflow does not abate.

Mr Trump made the comment in a tweet saying the group includes "Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners".

Mexican police, who failed to stop them at that country's border with Guatemala, now serve as escorts for the caravan as it barrels north, its members clear that they have no intention of staying in Mexico, and have eyes only for the U.S.

The group's advance has drawn strong criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump, who lashed out again Sunday at the Democratic Party over what he apparently sees as a winning issue for Republicans a little over two weeks ahead of midterm elections.

Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador suggested Sunday that the U.S., Canada and Mexico work out a joint plan for funding development in the poor areas of Central America and southern Mexico.

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Trump added, in a misspelled tweet: "I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy".

In southern Mexico, police in riot gear shadowed the caravan's arrival along a southern highway, but did not impede their journey.

On Saturday Mexican authorities attempted to resolve the challenge posed by the caravan waiting to enter Mexico's southern border by legal means. The US government's own foreign assistance website makes clear that the pledged aid, particularly to Honduras, is created to help combat "alarming levels of crime and violence", and treat "high levels of poverty and food insecurity and ineffective governance and corruption".

He said Monday all of those involved are from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Mexico's government has said throughout the past week that it would register the migrants and process requests for asylum.

Trump offered no evidence that anyone from the Middle East is with the Central American migrants.

The current migrant caravan has tested the limits of American patience.

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