The US plans to allocate aid to Latin American countries

Washington is taking this step a year after such aid was stopped.

The White House said it plans to provide financial assistance to Central American countries in recognition of efforts to curb emigration a year after it suddenly stopped.

Trump, who has a hard line on immigration, said in March 2019 that he was ending $ 450 million in aid to El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the three countries were working on issues that the US had voiced, resulting in a 76 percent drop in the number of migrants arriving at the southern border of the United States compared to a peak in May 2019.

“Additional funding will be provided by the State Department and the U.S. Agency for international development to support further progress,” Pompeo said in a statement. – This funding will support our joint efforts to prevent illegal immigration to the United States.”

Pompeo added that the money allocated will go to security programs and help the private sector’s economic development.

The Secretary of state has previously said that the United States will again provide targeted assistance. His latest statement did not release any figures but said he had informed Congress of his decision.

Critics questioned the need to stop providing aid to Central America, noting that it was aimed at reducing crime and poverty, which forced many migrants to flee.

Experts believe that the sharp decline in the number of arrivals is largely due to increased control by Mexico, which is a transit point for almost all Central American migrants.

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