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In 2012, Democrats pressured then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to “suspend US assistance to the Honduran military and police given the credible allegations of widespread, serious violations of human rights attributed to the security forces". theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
2. In 2009 a military coup overthrew the democratically elected government of President Manuel Zelaya. The coup has unleashed a wave of violence against political opposition, journalists, farmers and others, a factor in the surge of Honduran immigrants on US border since then.
3. Half of all House Democrats in 2012 urging Obama administration to suspend aid to Honduras was striking because it was an issue unlikely to be an election year concern in their districts. They were quite convinced that US must respond to outrageous violations of human rights.
4. Candidate Trump threatened to cut off US aid to Northern Triangle countries (Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador) over their failure to stop human rights violations which has resulted in a surge of families from these countries attempting to enter the US via the southern border.
5. It’s debatable whether Congress will allow Trump to cut off aid (>$5 billion by 2030) to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, fearing that this could exacerbate the instability in these countries, leading to more violence, causing more of their populations to head to the US.
6. Since 2000, US has provided $10 billion in aid to Northern Triangle (NT) countries. Taxpayers should demand a clearer picture of the ROI; for now, it’s hard to dispute that human rights violations, violence and economic instability have only increased in the NT countries.
7. This $10 billion could’ve closed the funding gap for students with disabilities in lots of schools across the US (per 1975 law passed by Congress which pledged 40% of funding to states to offset extra costs for such students but has met less than 20%)
8. US could certainly send more in aid to Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, to help with economic development and bolster stability - a new Marshall Plan - but it’s questionable whether the governments in these countries are capable of utilizing such aid wisely.
9. A few months ago, Pence warned Northern Triangle governments that US aid will be cut off unless they do more to tackle the underlying conditions (reducing violence and corruption) and improve the conditions for their populations.
10. Worth reading this transcript of the joint remarks made by Pence, President Morales of Guatemala, President Sánchez Cerén of El Salvador, and President Hernández of Honduras, when Pence visited the region last June. whitehouse.gov/briefings-stat…
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