Democrats see Trump aid cut boosting immigration

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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., Friday, March 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The Trump administration says it is cutting direct U.S. aid to three Central American countries.
    
The State Department says in a statement that it will suspend 2017 and 2018 payments to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
    
The Trump administration gave no immediate explanation for the move. Trump has made slowing immigration from those countries through Mexico a bedrock issue of his presidency.
    
The announcement comes as Trump threatens to shut down the U.S. border with Mexico overall over immigration.

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