David M. Rubenstein Fellow Dany Bahar explains why a group of several thousand Central Americans have fled their home countries for Mexico and are potentially headed to the United States. Bahar further describes how these migrants could seek asylum in the U.S. and the significance of President Trump’s plan to send additional military personnel to the southern border.
"You have to play the long game. It’s fine to add money, but when the commitment is volatile and your funding goes up and down constantly, you can end up creating more harm than good."
"We have been in Central America for a long time. It’s not just money that has made us effective in the region — there is a lot of hard-earned experience, trial and error, and institution building that is slowly reaping results. The worst thing that could happen now is to go back to zero."
"Cutting aid to Central American countries would be a mistake, since U.S. aid dollars fund programs that reduce violence, strengthen the justice system, and encourage investment that make them more attractive places for their citizens."