USA resumes assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras - 47abc

Joanna Estrada
October 19, 2019

The Trump administration cleared the way Wednesday for tens of millions of dollars in foreign assistance money to flow to Central American countries, reversing a blockade put in place last spring.

Central American migrants, moving in a caravan through Juchitan, Oaxaca are pictured atop a train known as "The Beast" while continuing their journey toward the United States, in Mexico April 26, 2019.

In a separate statement released by U.S. State Department on Wednesday, Pompeo said he had notified the U.S. Congress about the restarting of the frozen aid, which will be used to "support programs that are advancing our joint efforts to mitigate illegal immigration". "To further accelerate this progress, the USA will shortly be approving targeted assistance in the areas of law enforcement & security", Trump said on Twitter.

"Today the Department informed Congress of my intent to resume targeted United States foreign assistance funding for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras", Pompeo said.

Under pressure, all three have now signed agreements with the US that make it easier to deport their citizens back to those countries. "We're seeing great progress and will resume targeted aid today".

The total amount of the lifted funding was about 143 million US dollars, reported by The Washington Post citing an anonymous source.

In response, they all reached at least partial agreements with the United States that could help Trump implement a new rule that would deny asylum to migrants and return them to Central America.

For example, under a deal with Guatemala, migrants from further south who traverse Guatemala and eventually reach the U.S.to claim asylum could be sent back to Guatemala to make their asylum claims there.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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