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In an attempt to curb Central American migration to the United States, President Donald J. Trump announced over the weekend his decision to cut aid to Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, putting US policy toward Central America at a crossroads. The State Department is now working to end about $700 million in foreign assistance programs for the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years.

As the Atlantic Council’s Northern Triangle Task Force showed, reducing unauthorized migration requires long-term investment in changing the in-country conditions forcing people to migrate. What might be the impact of the President’s move? Which programs will be most impacted? What does this mean for migration from Central America and the future of the region?  

Join the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center for a rapid reaction conference call on Tuesday, April 2, from 2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., on the effects of this change in US policy and what may come next. 


María Eugenia Brizuela de Ávila

Northern Triangle Task Force Co-Chair (El Salvador)

Atlantic Council

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

El Salvador

Robbie Whelan

Foreign Correspondent, Mexico and Central America

The Wall Street Journal

Jason Marczak

Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center

Atlantic Council



María Fernanda Pérez Argüello

Associate Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center

Atlantic Council

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