The State Department announced Saturday it was cutting off aid to the Central American countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, home to the thousands of immigrants attempting to reach the U.S. illegally.
“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 spokesman with the State Department said. “We will be engaging Congress as part of this process.”
The announcement comes at a time when the U.S. southern border is witnessing a record volume of illegal immigrants. The Department of Homeland Security apprehended 50,000 to 60,000 illegal migrants a month in late 2018.