Aid groups have criticized the United States for its decision to cut assistance to three Central American nations. They warned this week that the decision is likely to backfire.
The charities added that they believe it will increase the numbers of Central Americans moving north toward the U.S. border to escape violence and poverty.
The U.S. State Department announced last weekend it would end foreign aid to programs in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras -- three countries known as the Northern Triangle.
President Donald Trump has said repeatedly that he planned to suspend the aid. He criticized the three for doing little to stop the movement of migrants and asylum seekers, many of whom want to live in the United States.
Charities receive money from the U.S. government to assist with economic and social development in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The groups say aid cuts will not stop the migrants and may make the situation worse.
The people who are really going to get hurt by this are the people who are ... small farmers and teenagers trying to avoid the pressures of joining gangs and escape violence, said David Ray. He is with the international aid group CARE.
Poverty, violence and insecurity - those are exactly the drivers of migration. It seems to be self-defeating, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The United States provides hundreds of millions of dollars every year for aid projects in the Northern Triangle. U.S. aid to Central America dropped to $527.6 million this year from $655 million in 2017. Those numbers come from the Washington Office on Latin America, a research group.
Trump's idea to reduce aid to the Northern Triangle could add to migration north as the situation in their countries worsens, experts said.
He is concerned about border security, said Robert Zachritz. He is vice president for advocacy and government relations at the charity World Vision. This move is counterproductive, he added.
World Vision usually receives about $127 million in U.S. government money for Northern Triangle projects.
CARE would have to greatly reduce efforts in the area, including a project that helps poor farmers in Guatemala.
1. assist with 协助，帮助
Select members from that team best suited to assist with security testing.
2. self-defeating adj. 适得其反的，弄巧成拙的
Dishonesty is ultimately self-defeating.
特朗普总统曾多次表示自己打算暂停援助 。特朗普谴责这3个国家，认为它们在阻断移民和庇护寻求者方面贡献寥寥 。而这些移民都想在美国生活 。
多个慈善组织收到了美国政府的援助资金，这些资金是为了帮助“北部三角”实现经济和社会发展 。这些慈善组织表示，援助的中断不会阻止难民，反而会导致情况恶化 。
真正受到影响的是小农场主和青少年，他们都是试图逃避加入黑帮或者躲避暴力局势的人，大卫如是说道 。大卫在援助组织国际无偿援助组织（CARE）工作 。
贫困、暴力和不安全局势——这些都驱动民众迁移 。这样的举动似乎是弄巧成拙 。
美国每年为“北部三角”的援助项目提供数亿美金 。美国对中美洲的援助今年下降到了5.276亿美元，而2017年还是6.55亿美元 。这些数据是拉丁美洲研究组织华盛顿办公室提供的 。
特朗普担心边境安全，罗伯特如是说道 。罗伯特是世界宣明会宣传和政府关系部的副主任 。他补充表示，此举适得其反 。