Migrants caught on camera jumping border fence

Migrants caught on camera jumping border fence

"I've ended payments to Guatemala, to Honduras and El Salvador", Mr Trump told reporters on Friday.

McCaul said those who might want to cut off aid may not understand the issue, arguing that US money goes to addressing the problems that prompt migrants to leave their countries.

The State Department said on Saturday it would carry out President Donald Trump's repeated threats to end US foreign assistance programs with El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

"We are carrying out the President's direction and ending FY (fiscal year) 2017 and FY 2018 foreign assistance programs for the Northern Triangle", said a State Department spokesperson in a statement.

Donald Trump has announced the end of more than $500 million (£383 million) in annual USA aid to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala in the face of a growing migrant crisis which could see the closure of America's southern border this week.

The aid to Central American countries is meant to fund programs to combat gangs and foster development, and to address the root causes of mass migration from the region to the US.

Trump repeated his threat on Friday to close the border between the U.S. and Mexico, and said he would act this week if Mexico didn't step up.

A substantial closure could have an especially heavy impact on cross-border communities from San Diego to South Texas, as well as supermarkets that sell Mexican produce, factories that rely on imported parts, and other businesses across the U.S.

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Salvadoran Treasury Minister Nelson Fuentes said US aid in his country includes $20 million in technical and fiscal funding over five years, and the government has not gotten word of any cuts.

There were 4,000 apprehensions of migrants at the border one day last week and the on pace for 100,000 for all of March.

"We want to have a good relationship with the government of the United States", Lopez Obrador said Friday. More than 76,000 migrants were taken into USA custody in February, according to officials.

Given the saturation of detention centers on the border, and the alleged formation of new caravans in Honduras, Trump has also threatened to close the border with Mexico if its government doesn't do something to "stop" immigrants trying to reach the United States.

Congressional action would be needed to cut off aid to the three countries. They installed these caravans, "said Trump".

On Saturday, the Trump administration released a statement saying that it will be cutting financial assistance to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador-approximately $700 million will be slashed. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the end of these aid programs would "undermine American interests and put our national security at risk". "We were giving them $500 million".

Over the last decade, Manny Galvez, a volunteer at the Catholic Worker House in Iowa City, has helped dozens of people fleeing their home countries in Central America settle in places like Iowa. "We will work with our colleagues in Congress to do everything in our power to push back on the President's misguided approach to Central America".