Mexico won’t pay for Trump’s wall - but now he’s paying them millions

Blanche Robertson
September 14, 2018

The U.S. will now pay Mexico to help increase deportations of Central Americans, the Times said.

The New York Times reported here on Thursday that President Donald Trump's administration told Congress that it meant to use $20 million of foreign aid to help Mexico deport thousands of people.

The goal of the program is to stop undocumented immigrants, most of whom are traveling from Central America, from going through Mexico and into the United States.

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Officials from the State Department and Department of Homeland Security have been briefing congressional staff about the plan this week, according to a congressional aide who attended a briefing but was not authorized to speak publicly about what officials discussed. The newspaper noted it comes after Trump has promised for years that Mexico would pay for a wall along the USA southern border. Many of those from Central American nations try to cross into the US, according to the Times.

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lambasted Trump's new $20 million plan, saying the foreign assistance funds had been earmarked by Congress to "lift up communities dealing with crime, corruption and so many other challenges" ― and not to bankroll an immigration crackdown.

Arrests of family units entering the United States from Mexico illegally soared 38% in August over the previous month, U.S. customs and border protection said on Thursday. It stepped up enforcement in southern states, set up immigration checkpoints and stopped allowing migrants to steal rides on freight trains.

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