Long Story Short #34: What the 'migrant caravan' means for US aid

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Guest: Teresa Welsh, Devex reporter
Host: Kate Midden, Devex engagement editor

In response to an estimated 7,000 people making their way through Mexico from Central America — with the goal of reaching the U.S. border — U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to cut U.S. aid to the region.

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In this episode, reporter Teresa Welsh and engagement editor Kate Midden explore why several thousand people across Central America have banded together for the journey, the differing U.S. government responses, and what cuts to aid could mean for the region.

Go in-depth:
Central American caravan shows changing realities of migration
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