by Countable | 4.4.18
The big Caravan of People from Honduras, now coming across Mexico and heading to our "Weak Laws" Border, had better be stopped before it gets there. Cash cow NAFTA is in play, as is foreign aid to Honduras and the countries that allow this to happen. Congress MUST ACT NOW!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2018
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:
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.
Since 2010, Honduras has had one of the highest murder rates in the world.
In 2015, there were 60 murders per 100,000 people.
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."
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