Central American migrants walk along the highway near the border with Guatemala, as they continue their journey trying to reach the U.S., in Tapachula, Mexico October 21, 2018. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
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U.S. President Donald Trump Monday vowed to begin curtailing tens of millions of dollars in aid to three Central American nations and called a caravan of migrants bound for the United States a national emergency as he sought to boost his party's chances in Nov. 6 congressional elections.Trump and his fellow Republicans have sought to elevate the caravan, which has made its way into Mexico bound for the U.S. border, and immigration as campaign issues ahead of the midterm elections in which his party is fighting to maintain control of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.Since Trump became president, the U.S. has already moved to sharply decrease aid to Central America.Trump was not specific about how much more he wanted to cut the aid.Congress has not fully funded Trump's proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexican border, which he has argued is needed to combat illegal immigration.Later in April, Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis authorized up to 4,000 National Guard personnel to help the Department of Homeland Security secure the border in the four Southwestern border states.
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