The cost of the migrant caravan is going up as Trump cuts illicit aid to three countries.
Democratic Representative Nita Lowey, who chairs the committee, tweeted that the move to cut aid was “immoral and more likely to deteriorate conditions that push people into the kind of poverty and despair that exacerbates migration.”
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.
“U.S. foreign assistance is not charity; it advances our strategic interests and funds initiatives that protect American citizens,” Menendez said in a statement.
Trump claimed on Friday during a trip to Florida that the countries had “set up” caravans of migrants in order to export them into the United States. A surge of asylum seekers from the three countries have sought to enter the United States across its southern border in recent days.
“We were giving them $500 million. We were paying them tremendous amounts of money, and we’re not paying them anymore because they haven’t done a thing for us,” Trump said.
Good first step, Mr. President. I temper my harsher words from the other day. He’s right, they haven’t done anything for us, rather they’re doing to us.
Lowey and Mendendez are fools. The immorality of the things is in the theft from Americans of money then used to import problems for the same Americans to deal with – a double-edged sword of which we’re catching both sides. And, we have a vested interest in preserving and defending THIS country.
$500 million would pay of many an A-10 sortie.