State Department will cut aid to Central American countries over migration – Washington Examiner

The State Department announced that it would follow through on President Trump’s threat to cut off foreign aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras for failing to address illegal migration through Central America to the U.S.-Mexico border.

“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 representative said on Friday. “We will be engaging Congress as part of this process.”

The Northern Triangle refers to the three northern Central American nations who have forged strong economic ties with one another over the last several decades.

“We were paying them tremendous amounts of money. And we’re not paying them anymore. Because they haven’t done a thing for us. They set up these caravans,” Trump said Friday.

This week, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen approved an agreement with the governments in the Northern Triangle that bolsters cooperation on migration issues, including preventing criminal organizations from transiting through the region and into the U.S.

Trump also threatened to close the southern border this week if Mexico doesn’t do more to stop the migrant caravans approaching the border. “I will close the border if Mexico doesn’t get with it,” Trump told reporters while at his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida.

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