A surge of asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are bombarding the southern border.
On Friday, Trump accused the nations of having “set up” migrant caravans and sent them north.
Trump said there was a “very good likelihood” he would close the border this week if Mexico did not stop immigrants from reaching the United States.
These three countries are known as the Northern Triangle. The United States gives $700 million dollars in aid to these three countries. That is a lot of money that should be helping the economic crisis happening there. A State Department spokesperson said they are carrying out Trump’s directive and engaging Congress in the process. Apparently, approval from Congress is needed to end the funding.
Some Democrats have come out against ending aid and shutting down the border.
New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called Trump’s order a “reckless announcement” and urged Democrats and Republicans alike to reject it.
At a rally on the border in El Paso, Texas, Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke denounced Trump’s immigration policies as the politics of “fear and division.”
Gavin Newsom, the governor of California tweeted this:
In contrast to Newsom’s claim, the people crossing the border are not seeking asylum from “violence and corruption”, they are seeking work. This is economic migration, not an asylum.
Mario Garcia, a 45-year-old bricklayer in El Salvador, said he was setting off for the United States regardless of the president’s threat to close the frontier.
“There is no work here and we want to improve (our lives), to get ahead for our families, for our children. I don’t give a damn (what Trump says), I’m determined,” Garcia said.
With the U.S. unemployment dropping Americans should be concerned about what jobs these workers will take. Many of our big cities are seeing a huge surge in homelessness. In fact, some can argue cities like Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, and Chicago are having an economic, or humanitarian, crisis of there own.