Statement on Recent Cuts to Foreign Assistance

Statement on Recent Cuts to Foreign Assistance

April 3, 2019

The Episcopal Church laments the decision by the Trump Administration to cut off foreign assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. We are concerned about the impact these cuts will have on our fellow Episcopalians and Anglicans in the region, as well as all people living there who struggle to meet their needs on a daily basis.

U.S. assistance aims to improve conditions in these countries and to help people live their lives without the threat of violence, desperate poverty, and fear. As the U.S. turns away asylum seekers at the border while simultaneously ending funding that could alleviate the need to migrate, we leave desperate people without any hope.

Congress appropriated funds in line with longstanding U.S. foreign policy objectives, and the Administration’s decision to overrule Congress continues a troubling trend. We urge the Administration to reverse this decision in recognition of the positive impact U.S. foreign assistance can have in the region.

More information on the Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America (IARCA) can be found here.

More information on The Episcopal Church’s presence in the region can be found here.