The administration notified Congress over the weekend it will seek to suspend 2017 and 2018 payments to the three nations, whose citizens have comprised numerous tens of thousands of migrants flowing into the U.S.
The president has repeatedly referred to foreign countries "sending" migrants to the US, most famously during the 2016 campaign, when he said: "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best".
Trump told reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Friday that the United States was paying the three countries "tremendous amounts of money", but received nothing in return.
All of this is worrisome enough, but a Fox News segment on Sunday got us worrying even more: There seem to be some people who are totally unaware that these countries are in fact countries. "We will be engaging Congress as part of this process", the spokesperson told ABC News broadcaster. An alternative solution Trump is attacking a US government aid program which grew substantially under the Obama administration with the aim to address the root causes of migration - violence, a lack of jobs and poverty. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, February of this year saw 78,000 apprehensions at the southern border-more than any other month in the past five years.
Officials would not say exactly how much money would be affected by the directive with some of it likely already spent.
British MPs to vote yet again tonight on various Brexit options
Some 25 Labour MPs rebelled against their party whip to vote against the Boles plan, tabled under the banner Common Market 2 .0. Three days after Brexit was supposed to happen, lawmakers in the House of Commons remain incapable of breaking the deadlock .
The Trump administration might face a real immigration crisis at the border after all - a crisis of its own making.
President Donald Trump's administration said Saturday it intends to end foreign assistance programs for Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. "If the Trump administration is serious about forcing the hand of Central American governments, it can't just cut off aid - an alternative policy approach is urgently required". Analysts have been quick to point out that cutting off assistance to Central America could cause migration to increase, as programs aimed at improving security and economic opportunity are shuttered.
"That is by far a greater number than anything I saw on my watch in my three years as secretary of Homeland Security", Johnson said.
"I think the impact would be absolutely devastating on so many fronts", said Mier y Teran, whose members rely on the Otay Mesa crossing to bring televisions, medical devices and a wide range of products to the U.S.
Trump, who launched his presidential campaign in 2015 with a promise to build a border wall and crack down on illegal immigration, has repeatedly threatened to close the frontier during his two years in office but has not followed through.
First, let me tell you how much money those countries would miss if the proposed end to this program happened: NBC News said the aid affects almost $500 million in 2018 funds and millions more left over from the previous fiscal year.