GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — A congressional delegation visiting Guatemala in August met with NGOs and pressed them for data. The policymakers wanted to know how U.S.-funded foreign assistance programs were deterring migration.
But providing such data poses a problem for many of the organizations operating in the region. Groups haven’t been collecting baseline data on migration because the programs they were implementing were not designed explicitly to deter migration. This makes it impossible to know if current U.S. assistance programs — which as of now will receive no further fund disbursements after U.S. President Donald Trump cut off aid to the region — are preventing people from leaving their country of origin.