'Rescission by another name.' Trump move sparks questions for implementers

Migrants and asylum-seekers from Central America are seen escorted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials after crossing into the United States illegally and turning themselves in to request asylum in El Paso, Texas. Photo by: REUTERS / Jose Luis Gonzalez

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s surprise announcement last week that the United States would cease all foreign assistance funds to the “Northern Triangle” countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras has left NGOs, implementers, government agencies, and the U.S. Congress scrambling to determine how much funding and what programs could be impacted by a sudden evaporation of money.

Trump, who has voiced frustrations with governments in Central America for not doing more to stop their populations from migrating, has also threatened to close the U.S. border with Mexico because people keep attempting to cross. In a region marked by gang violence, climate change impacts, and lack of economic opportunity, Northern Triangle countries with historically weak institutions have struggled to create stable societies and reduce drivers of migration.

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    Teresa Welsh

    Teresa Welsh is a Reporter with Devex based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Devex, Teresa wrote about Latin America from McClatchy's Washington Bureau and covered foreign affairs for U.S. News and World Report. She worked as a reporter in Colombia, where she previously lived teaching English. Teresa earned bachelor of arts degrees in journalism and Latin American studies from the University of Wisconsin.