The outgoing head of Department of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan plans to announce the reinstatement of $150 million of foreign aid during a trip to Central America, according to government documents obtained by the Washington Examiner.
McAleenan is planning to announce the reinstatement of aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, after they recently entered into agreements to address the large numbers of migrants arriving at the southern U.S. border, as well as underlying causes in the countries prompting people to leave their home country.
President Donald Trump has already approved the funding. McAleenan is set to make the announcement while in El Salvador.
Trump originally threatened to cut off aid in the Northern Triangle countries after he said they were not doing enough to prevent migrant caravans from traveling to the U.S. The administration cut off $185 million in aid in 2017 and an additional $370 million in 2018.
🔦 The U.S. signed a “safe third country” agreement with Guatemala in July. The agreement dictates that asylum seekers who pass through the country without stopping are not eligible to apply for asylum in the U.S.