US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal

US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal
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The U.S. will approve some foreign assistance for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras after the countries agreed to asylum deals with the U.S. 

“Guatemala, Honduras & El Salvador have all signed historic Asylum Cooperation Agreements and are working to end the scourge of human smuggling. To further accelerate this progress, the U.S. will shortly be approving targeted assistance in the areas of law enforcement & security,” President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE tweeted Wednesday.  

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTurkey's search for oil may spill over into conflict with Greece The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden, Harris's first day as running mates Watchdog: Trump's UK envoy made inappropriate remarks on religion, race, sex MORE on Tuesday also announced the restoration of "targeted" aid.

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He said in a statement that earlier this year he told the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to halt the assistance "until the governments of these countries took sufficient action to reduce the overwhelming number of migrants coming to the U.S. border."

He added that he did so at Trump's direction. 

"To enable further progress in these countries’ efforts, some targeted Department of State and USAID funding will resume at this time," he said. "This funding will support programs that are advancing our joint efforts to mitigate illegal immigration from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras." 

Migrants who had an opportunity to seek protection in Honduras, El Salvador or Guatemala will be returned from the U.S. border to seek asylum or protection in one of those countries under the deals reached this year with the governments of the so-called Northern Triangle countries, according to an administration official. 

The State Department announced in March that it would halt assistance for the three countries.