Ben Cardin: Closing U.S.-Mexico border 'makes no sense'

Ben Cardin: Closing U.S.-Mexico border 'makes no sense'

Ben Cardin: Closing U.S.-Mexico border 'makes no sense'

We can be very reactive at our border, to stop them from coming in.

The State Department began informing Congress of the decision on Friday.

He said Mexico needs to solidify its southern border with Guatemala to prevent the caravans from heading north through Mexico to the US and that the three Central American counties need to curb migrants from leaving their countries.

Trump told reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Friday that the United States was paying the three countries "tremendous amounts of money", but received nothing in return. More than 76,000 migrants were taken into USA custody in February, according to officials.

The state department said it would "engage Congress in the process", suggesting that lawmakers would need to approve the cuts.

McCaul's position was shared by Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, who conceded "funding alone will not solve the problem" but anxious a unilateral halt to Northern Triangle aid would cripple some programs that have been effective at reducing migration. The number of apprehensions by U.S. Border Patrol officials has soared in recent months.

Some Democrats from the House of Representatives were visiting El Salvador when they learned about the USA president's decision to cut assistance.

Over the last decade, Manny Galvez, a volunteer at the Catholic Worker House in Iowa City, has helped dozens of people fleeing their home countries in Central America settle in places like Iowa.

Now, the reason this move has me even going in depth over it is because I believe the United States needs to help other countries whenever possible.

President Donald Trump's administration said Saturday it intends to end foreign assistance programs for Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

The Trump administration is calling the situation at the southern border a crisis, and border enforcement is at the point of collapse.

Short of a widespread border shutdown, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the US might close designated ports of entry to re-deploy staff to help process parents and children. Fox and Friends Weekend displayed across its chyron, "TRUMP CUTS AID TO 3 MEXICAN COUNTRIES".

In response to the move, the government of Honduras on Saturday blamed "contradictory policies" by U.S. agencies for the decision, with officials saying they would continue to work with El Salvador and Guatemala on the Northern Triangle initiatives while "internal discrepancies over regional cooperation are resolved".

Mulvaney said if the three Central American countries do not curb migration to the USA, "there's little reason to continue sending them money". "By withholding aid, the USA will incentivize the governments of the Northern Triangle to take better care of their communities and citizens", Burgess said. In the meantime, he has repeatedly threatened to close the border, but this time, with a new surge of migrants heading north, he gave a definite timetable.

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