Any cuts in Foreign Aid would be Welcome, especially if they Reduce NGO Support of Caravans

Apr.1, 2019
by Bob Adelmann

Missing from much of the conversation over Trump’s decision to cut foreign aid to Central America’s Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Guatemala, and the Honduras) is the impact it would have on the NGOs funding and supporting the caravans threatening the southern border.

The 2016 film “Poverty, Inc.” exposed the multi-billion-dollar NGO-enriching poverty complex that has been built up over the years to milk the flow of foreign aid dollars from U.S. taxpayers to governments around the world. For its efforts, the film won numerous international awards but precious little attention from the MSM in the U.S.

With Trump’s determination to cut off foreign aid to these three countries in retaliation for their lack of assistance in slowing or thwarting the caravans marching north through their countries, this could be a significant benefit to U.S. national sovereignty.

After earlier threatening to end foreign aid to three Central American countries whose citizens make up a large part of the caravans overwhelming U.S. border security services, last Friday President Trump directed State Department Secretary Mike Pompeo to cut direct aid to the three countries making up the Northern Triangle. At stake is about $500 million in aid.

Said the State Department: “At the Secretary’s instructions we are carrying out the President’s direction and ending FY 2017 and FY 2018 foreign assistance programs for the Northern Triangle.” It noted that it would coordinate its actions with Congress.

The decision to pull the plug was made easier by news from Mexico’s Interior Secretary Olga Sachez Cordero on Wednesday that “a new caravan is forming in the Honduras, that they’re calling ‘the mother of all caravans,’ and they are thinking it could have more than 20,000 people [in it].”

Late last year the president tweeted his frustration over the failure of those three countries in particular to rein in those caravans: “Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador are doing nothing for the United States but taking our money … we will be cutting off all aid to these 3 countries [they have been] taking advantage of U.S. for years!”

Foreign aid has been under heavy criticism for years, for many reasons, not the least of which is its unconstitutionality. Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution is the central government given the “enumerated” power to tax U.S. citizens and give their money away to other countries and their governments. Over time, U.S. foreign aid has grown to more than $50 billion annually.

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 The concerns and criticisms begin with the concept that nothing is free (except the grace of God) and that every dollar of such “aid” has a string attached to it. There are public justifications for such aid: helping struggling families deal with famine, unreliable infrastructure, lack of education, training, lack of adequate water supplies and dependable electricity, to name a few.

There are subterranean purposes as well: to reward a compliant government, to assist in building a military machine for political purposes, to promote its own cultural “advantages” (i.e., “to make the world safe for democracy” etc.), to strengthen the ties that bind sovereign nations to U.S.’s national or international agendas, and more.

Such aid, however, establishes a “quid pro quo” understanding behind and beneath such high-sounding purposes: at some point the piper will be expected to be paid.

Such aid inspires anger and hate directed at the giver as such aid often reflects badly on the local government’s inability to provide such services for its citizens on its own. It helps create a sense of inferiority on the part of the recipient of such aid along with, over time, a sense of dependency upon the continuing largesse of the giver.

There’s anger over the implication that the loyalty of a country and its citizens can be purchased with the Almighty Dollar, and further, it smacks of imperialism, a tag that has successfully been applied to the United States over its previous interventions and political meddling in Central and South America.

As revealed in “Poverty, Inc.” many of those foreign aid dollars go to NGOs some of which are helping support those caravans. If those funds could be cut off, or greatly reduced, then perhaps those caravans might not pose such a threat to the country’s southern borders.

The irony is obvious: American taxpayers, through the giving of their tax dollars by the federal government to foreign countries under the guise of charity, are funding the threat to their own national sovereignty. Cutting those funds would translate into cutting the funding of those NGOs helping the caravans.

Thanks to producer Michael Miller and efforts and funding provided by the Acton Institute, “Poverty, Inc.” blows the whistle on NGOs and their poverty industrial complex that now threatens U.S. national sovereignty on our southern border.



Washington Examiner: State Department will cut aid to Central American countries over migration

CNN: State Department says US cutting off aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras

The Hill: US halting aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras

History and background of Foreign Aid

Fox News: Trump moves to cut aid to Central America, amid caravans and flood of refugees


Amazon: Poverty, Inc. – Fighting Poverty is Big Business, but Who Profits the Most? (2016)

Wikipedia: Poverty, Inc. (2016)

Congressional Research Service: U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America: Policy Issues for Congress  Updated January 8, 2019

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