Central America battles corruption, violence, despite billions in US aid

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Immigration top issue for Pence, while Central America-travel

The Vice-President, the meeting with the leaders in the region, bringing millions in US aide.

MEXICO CITY – the US foreign policy in Central America a long time as a two-way street. America offers assistance to promote stability, economic progress and violence. In return, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, illegal immigration,.

Last week, President Trump suggested that America got what it paid for: “When countries abuse us, by your people, not your best people, we are not to give more help to these countries. Why the hell should we? Why should we?”

As a new wave of refugees from the so-called North-not reached triangle, the U.S.-Mexico border, is Trump the only one that will be asked, whether in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to keep their part of the bargain.

“The violence is poor, the conditions terrible, but at the same time, it is the responsibility of the U. S. A. for the solution to all the problems of other countries,” said Ana Quintana, executive director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies.

In the past ten years, the US taxpayer provided $ 1.5 billion to El Salvador, $1.4 billion to Guatemala, and $ 1.1 billion to Honduras, according to the U.S. Agency for International development (USAID).

But to the thousands of migrants who apply for asylum in the United States, all three countries remain mired in poverty and struggling with gang and drug violence. Corruption, they say, has never been worse.

“In Honduras, we can no longer live, because of the speed,” says Mirna Ruiz, who has been out of their home nation, and is currently in Tijuana. “We can’t even go shopping, because we are afraid.”

Vice President, Pence met with the leaders of all three Nations on Thursday in Guatemala and told them about the USA expect to see them do more to control their own borders. And while President Trump proposed cutting believe your help in the next year’s budget, many Democrats, that this is a mistake.

“We are working on the infrastructure in the Northern triangle,” Rep. Norma Torres, D-Calif., reporters last week, said in an immigrant detention center outside San Diego. “Let’s continue that policy, let’s continue to help them in their own country.”

Combating the causes of illegal immigration is a long-term issue. Supporters say it would leave more costs in the long term, Central America now.

Others argue that it is demand of time, more responsibility. Historically, development assistance budgets passed through Congress with little debate. Congressional committees rubber-stamp State Department requirements, and the gravy train continued.

Immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala grew by 25 percent between 2007 and 2015, compared to only six per cent increase in arrivals from Mexico, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. census data. In 2011, some 42,000 illegal immigrants were arrested from these three countries. In the past year, the number of apprehensions had, by leaps and bounds, the 163.000 article up to 50,000 more than the fears of the people from Mexico.

And while these immigrants Border Patrol to tell the officers, agents and asylum, haunted, home, surveys, the recently deported immigrants from these countries received 95 percent of the US work, not because of the violence.

“The United States is not and should not be in the position to be complacent and to accept that other countries not fulfilling their obligations,” says Quintana. “Until the focus of the management of a serious, a serious focus of the Congress, to really not go diving into the we, to see the crisis at the border stop.”

William La Jeunesse FOX News Channel (FNC) entered into force in March 1998 and currently serves as a Los Angeles-based correspondent.

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