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State Department cuts aid to Northern Triangle countries

  1. Date Announced

    March 29, 2019

    State Department, at the President's "direction," cuts off aid to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador from FY17 and FY18 appropriations as a form of punishment for the continuing flow of asylum-seekers from those countries to the United States.

    [ID # 797]

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  3. Subsequent Action

    June 17, 2019

    The State Department announces that it will restore $432 million in direct aid to El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala for previously approved projects and grants (out of the more than $615 million in assistance that President Trump ordered in March to be cut entirely). The remaining amount will be held in escrow pending consultations with Congress. The $432 million, which comes from the 2017 budget, is being spent on health, education and poverty alleviation programs as well as anti-crime efforts that may help reduce migrant outflows from the Northern Triangle region.

    AP - US restores some aid to El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala
  4. Subsequent Action

    January 13, 2020

    In a January 2020 letter to the House Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade, the State Department laid out vague criteria for Northern Triangle countries must meet for full resumption of aid.

    State Department lays out criteria for resumption of 'Northern Triangle' aid

Commentary

Vox - Trump’s decision to cut off aid to 3 Central American countries, explained

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Politico - Democrats fume as Trump cuts Central American aid

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