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Countable Q & A: Honduras

by Countable | Updated on 4.4.18

Why is Honduras in the news?

  • President Donald Trump has been tweeting warnings about a "caravan" of 1,000 migrants – mostly from Honduras – approaching the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Presently, the group of migrants are "resting in southern Mexico and seeking advice on obtaining visas in Mexico, mostly on humanitarian grounds," according the L.A. Times.

  • Partially in response to the caravan, the president plans to deploy the military to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Here are a few things you need to know about the U.S. and Honduras:

How much foreign aid does the U.S. provide Honduras?

  • Trump said Honduras’ U.S. aid was "in play" because of the caravan.

  • According to USAID, the U.S. provided over $127 million to Honduras in 2016. $13 million went to secondary violence prevention, $12 million to an in-country counternarcotics program, and $10 million to "justice, human rights, and security strengthening activity."

  • The Trump administration has proposed cutting aid in half, to $65.75 million, in 2019.

Why does the U.S. provide aid to Honduras?

  • According to a State Department page on the country, "alarming levels of crime and violence, high levels of poverty and food insecurity, and ineffective governance and corruption all threaten Honduras' fragile democracy."

What is the crime rate in Honduras?

  • Since 2010, Honduras has had one of the highest murder rates in the world.

  • In 2015, there were 60 murders per 100,000 people.

What about gang violence?

  • The State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) estimates there are 7,000 street-gang members out of a population of eight million people.

  • "The 18th Street and MS-13 (‘Mara Salvatrucha’) gangs are the most active and powerful. Gangs are not reluctant to use violence and specialize in murder-for-hire, carjacking, extortion, and other violent street crime."

    What do you think?

Should the U.S. deploy troops to the southern border? Should we cut foreign aid to Honduras? What about providing funds for Trump’s "big, beautiful wall" with Mexico? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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  • James
    04/05/2018
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    As someone who has gone on two service trips to Honduras, I can attest the situation is as bad as it seems. The humanitarian aid is entirely justifiable because the US is the consumer of the drugs that fund the cartels. These cartels terrorize innocent, good people. We have a broken immigration system where vast amounts of good people (who face adversity created in part by Americans) can not escape and enter the US. The least we can do is provide humanitarian aid.

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  • RadicalModerate
    04/05/2018
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    Why does the greatest country on Earth spend trillions of dollars fighting endless wars in the Middle East? Humanitarianism made America great on the world stage. Let’s get back to that. We have everything to gain by lifting our neighbors up.

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  • OlderNWiser
    04/05/2018
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    The Statue of Liberty once stood as a beacon for American love of humanity, our welcoming all who sought refuge, our value of taking care of each other—especially the children, the poor, the ill and those fleeing oppression or danger. That was back when we had real leaders, when the GOP steward for justice and the American way. Now we have Putin’s pick generating constant chaos to destroy our country from within, displaying bigotry, misogyny, racism, Islamophobia, corruption, narcissism, classism, isolationism and petty toddler-like temper tantrums and bragging while catering to the lowest motivations in existence. We are better than this. Help Honduras and the suffering people; don’t threaten them. Get our own corrupt Administration out!

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  • KansasTamale
    04/05/2018
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    He’s parroting made up crap from Faux & Friends. He has no idea what he’s doing or what he’s talking about. CONGRESS MUST REIN HIM IN & STOP HIS NONSENSE OR WE AREN’T GOING TO HAVE A COUNTRY LEFT.

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  • NoHedges
    04/05/2018
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    Numbers don't lie. With all 👺Trump's fear mongering the statistics show that the numbers of illegal immigrants has remained stable since 2009 shortly OR after Obama took office. ✅The only thing all this hate speech is doing is increasing tension and driving the problem further underground. 🚧There were an estimated 11.3 million undocumented workers in 2009 and an estimated 11.3 million undocumented workers today. 🚥The numbers not only show 45 is ineffective in combating the issue but there are other more effective measures that DO WORK and are far more humane and🌋 less caustic.

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  • MinnesotaMom
    04/05/2018
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    If you do any research on Honduran aid, a lot of that money isn't spent in Honduras, for instance our agriculture department runs a school lunch program to the tune of 47 million in Honduras. Where do you suppose the Ag Dept bought that food? US of course. Cutting that foreign aid won't just hurt Honduran school children, it will hurt US farmers. If we "aid" countries with US goods & services that's also aid for US business & the US economy.

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  • ManfromNebraska
    04/05/2018
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    Protect our borders! If a band of people are looking to overload our border agents then we need the military to protect us. We don’t know what kind of people they are and what kind of crime they would commit. Even if it was just to illegally cross the border they need to be stopped. Throwing our tax dollars at the crime problem in Honduras has not helped. They meed to take care of their problems and we shouldn’t give a country billions of dollars. That is why we have problems here is we give so much money to foreign governments. Keep the money here and not give it to corrupt governments.

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  • BeStrong
    04/05/2018
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    The ‘caravan’ has been an annual demonstration for a decade. It’s as much a political statement as it is a run for their lives. Aid goes to support services for a crime riddled and starving people. Why do we support any country with aid if not to help their people and attempt to support a fragile democracy. Mr Trump is a man without empathy, and has no desire to be informed. #Vote2018 #Vote2020.

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  • John
    04/05/2018
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    45 is attempting to scare Americans into doing his racist, xenophobic bidding. Build a wall around 45! The US helped create the gang problem by wholesale deportation in the past and now wants to deny that responsibility.

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  • BeStrong
    04/05/2018
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    #BERNIE...aid is not divided up and then sent out to the population at $18k/citizen. You know that right? It goes to infrastructure, enhanced law enforcement, and humanitarian aid. We are fortunate, even in these socially toxic times, to not know this kind of poverty and fear. #StopHating

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  • Chickie
    04/05/2018
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    We should NOT build The Wall. We need help those I need, not shut them out from compassion. We need to give children a safe place, to let them know the world isn’t all violence. This country used to represent all those things to the weak, afflicted, persecuted. Instead, we’ve become hateful, egotistical, and judgmental. Do NOT build The Wall. Build a bridge of hope!

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  • Bernie
    04/05/2018
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    Population 8,097,688 in 2013. US Foreign Aid in 2017 $150,000,000. That’s $18,523,800 PER PERSON. Why are there ANY poor people there at all? Yes. EVERYONE in the country gets per capita 18 MILLION dollars EVERY year. FROM US. But we get lectured on OUR humanity and record on human rights?!?!?

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  • Hiro9
    04/05/2018
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    Honduras has been a loyal ally of the US for decades. The devolution of their country starting from the 2009 military coup has created a humanitarian crisis. 45 needs to know our history and honor the loyalty and sacrifice of our allied nations.

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  • Paul
    04/06/2018
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    I see a bunch of liberals making comments here. I think if some of the folks who are not vetted and turn out to be criminals need to be living with all you folks. I bet that would get old pretty quick. You complain about many things yet you do not do anything about it. I am guessing most of you supported obuma and killary. Well, keep it up and we will have a shit hole country just like the others.

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  • Linda
    04/06/2018
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    We have always been a country that helps other people. In 2016, $127 million would allocate $15 per person in Honduras. That’s not excessive. We have military stationed there. The Peace Corps is active there. We get fruits, vegetables, coffee, seafood, cigars, & minerals ( zinc, lead, silver, gold). Crime is high especially drugs & murders. With the U.S. investors heavily involved in Honduras, our government will continue to provide assistance.

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  • LukeDuke
    04/06/2018
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    It is the responsibility of the Honduran people to rise up and fix their own country. We have already provided them aid. If they are able to assemble over 1,000 people to create a "caravan" to the US, then they can organize and take power away from the corrupt forces in Honduras. It is not the responsibility of the US to take in other countries problems. Solve your own problems. We should keep NG at the border until the flow of guns, drugs, child sex slaves, etc. stops completely!

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  • Dennis
    04/06/2018
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    cut all foreign aid and build the wall

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