Trump Declares National Emergency Reduces Aid As Migrant Caravan Approaches

Migrant caravan heads for the U.S.

President Trump vowed Monday to cut off or "substantially" reduce aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador as a growing caravan of migrants that started in Honduras made it into southern Mexico Monday. 

In a series of tweets sent Monday morning, Trump lamented the fact that authorities in those three countries were unable to dissuade the migrants from continuing their journey north. 

Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S. We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them.

President Trump did not make clear which payments would be reduce, or whether he could unilaterally reduce those payments without congressional approval. 

Trump also said he would declare a national emergency after Mexico's military and police were "unable to stop the Caravan" and says he has alerted the U.S. Border Patrol and military. 

Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!

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