All hands are on deck in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.
Days after President Donald Trump announced that was cutting off aid to the Central American countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, for their failure to enforce their respective immigration laws, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), which is completely comprised of Democrats, wrote a letter urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for a meeting to discuss the president’s threat.
“By cutting off desperately needed aid, the administration will deprive El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras of critical funds that help stabilize these countries by curbing migration push factors such as violence, gangs, poverty, and insecurity.” Rep. Joaquín Castro (D), Chairman of the CHC
The letter was signed by Castro and four other members, Reps. Ruben Gallego, Veronica Escobar, Adriano Espaillat, and Nanette Barragán, all Democrats.
“Ultimately, this short-sighted and flawed decision lays the groundwork for the humanitarian crisis at our border to escalate further. We must work to stabilize these countries by continuing to provide critical aid and resources. We should not turn our back on our international partners or else we will never be able to effectively and comprehensively address the humanitarian crisis at our border.”-CHC letter to Sec. Pompeo
Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva (D) is trying to prevent the Department of Defense from allocating $1 billion to build the border wall.