U.S. reinstates some aid to Central American countries hours after announcing cutoffs

State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus speaks at a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Monday, June 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The U.S. announced Monday evening it will follow through with supplying $432 million in previously-approved funding to El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, backtracking on a statement made hours earlier that it would cut off aid to the three Central American countries.

The Trump administration previously said it would be cutting more than $615 million in aid in order to send a message about the migrant border crisis. But after reviewing the cuts, the State Department agreed to go ahead with the money that had already been approved by Congress.

The funds, which come from the 2017 budget, will be spent on health, education, and poverty alleviation programs, as well as anti-crime efforts that could potentially lessen migrant outflows.

Many lawmakers argued against Trump’s decision to cut funding, saying it wouldn’t do anything to slow down migration numbers.

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