On Tuesday the United States government pledged $10.6 billion to Mexico and Central America. Also, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced there will be no government shutdown over border wall funding.
$5.8 billion of the funding will go toward strengthening government and economic development in Central America. The other $4.8 billion was designated for development aid for southern Mexico.
That’s right, instead of giving $5 billion to strengthen our own border, our government is spending $4.8 billion on Mexico’s southern border.
Why are sensors & cameras ok but a wall immoral?
What border security measures would they support?
And what’s the point if you insist we release anyone caught entering illegally?
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 19, 2018
The United States pledged $5.8 billion in aid Tuesday for strengthening government and economic development in Central America, and another $4.8 billion in development aid for southern Mexico.
The U.S aid aims to promote better security conditions and job opportunities as part of a regional plan to allow Central Americans to remain in their countries and not have to emigrate.
The plan was announced in a joint U.S.-Mexican statement released by the State Department and read aloud by Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard in the Mexican capital.
“In sum I think this is good news, very good news for Mexico,” Ebrard said.
This is all happening while there are at least four migrant caravans headed for the United States southern border with Mexico.
While President Trump is “not softening his stance” on his demand for the wall, Kellyanne Conway has confirmed that he is open to a short-term deal that will avoid another government shutdown.
Kellyanne Conway says Pres. Trump is "not softening his stance" on his demand for a border wall, while confirming the president would be open to a short-term deal to avert a shutdown but not provide new funding towards a wall. https://t.co/yIYy5A2EoZ pic.twitter.com/Ko0hIJzdks
— ABC News (@ABC) December 19, 2018
Should President Trump back off and avoid a government shutdown or should he stand his ground his border wall funding demands even if it means a government shutdown?