USA to begin cutting aid to Central America over migrant caravan
- Author: Tracy Klein Oct 23, 2018,
Oct 23, 2018, 0:47
But some of the migrants have already chose to return to their homes.
He and his fellow Republicans have sought to elevate the caravan as a campaign issue before the midterm elections that will determine whether the party can maintain its hold of the US Senate and House of Representatives.
While no specific group has said it's responsible for organizing the current caravan, Pueblo Sin Fronteras, founded in 2010, has led asylum-seeking migrants through Central America for more than 15 years, most recently in April - another caravan that drew ire from Trump.
The group voted in favour of continuing their journey, and they managed to pass the authorities.
Most said they felt safer advancing in a large group.
He said that the United States would "begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them".
Ana Luisa Espana, a laundry worker from Chiquimula, Guatemala, joined the caravan as she saw it pass through her country.
On Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said her department would be keeping an eye on any criminal elements that were infiltrating the group as it traveled to the US. "We would do anything, except bad things".
"It is building of its own momentum and it will take a very strong president, which we have, to stop it and we've got to make clear to Mexico they are not coming in". Honduras receives more than $74 million in American aid per year, according to the USAID, as does El Salvador. And he adds, "As far as I know there are no terrorists in these four countries, at least beyond the corrupt governments".
Earlier this month, a caravan of 160 migrants set out from Honduras, telling media outlets that they were fleeing their homes due to widespread poverty and violence. The caravan is unlike previous mass migrations for its unprecedented large numbers and because it largely sprang up spontaneously through word of mouth.
Reporters on the ground with the caravan have refuted that claim.
Garcia said he had seen cases of swollen, lacerated and infected feet.
Central American migrants walk along the highway near the border with Guatemala, as they continue their journey trying to reach the USA, in Tapachula, Mexico Oct. 21, 2018.
Trump announced last week that he would speak to Honduras's head of state about the migrant caravan, and suggested that he may revoke aid if Honduras refused to recall the migrant caravan.