NOTE: On 7/15/2019, the House has passed HR 2615 in an unanimous vote. The legislation now move to the Senate for consideration.
On May 9th, Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY), Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Michael McCaul (R-TX), the Committee’s Ranking Member, introduced HR 2615, the United States–Northern Triangle Enhanced Engagement Act, which supports the people of Central America and strengthens U.S. national security by addressing the root causes of migration from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
The legislation authorizes irrevocable foreign assistance to Central America for fiscal year 2020 and reasserts congressional intent by not permitting authorized funds to be reprogrammed, transferred or rescinded. The bill also lays out a series of actions to be taken by the Secretary of State, the Administrator of USAID and other U.S. government officials to promote inclusive economic growth and development, combat corruption, strengthen democratic institutions and improve security conditions in the Northern Triangle.
Specifically, the United States – Northern Triangle Enhanced Engagement Act would:
Authorize $577 million in foreign assistance to Central America to address the root causes of migration in fiscal year 2020. It includes conditions on any assistance going to the central governments of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras
Requires the Department of State and USAID to develop and report to Congress on annual benchmarks to track the progress of the strategy in addressing the drivers of irregular migration
Requires the Secretary of State and USAID Administrator to prioritize inclusive economic growth and development, anti-corruption, and strengthening democratic institutions and security conditions in the Northern Triangle
Puts in place targeted visa bans and asset freezes on individuals who are determined to be engaged in acts of corruption impacting the Northern Triangle countries
Enhances engagement with the Mexican government on the Northern Triangle
Requires advance notification to Congress on security assistance to Northern Triangle countries, regardless of the dollar amount for the following three years
Call your representatives today and demand they support HR 2615.
TWO CALLS TO MAKE: Senators Kennedy and Cassidy
Senator Bill Cassidy: DC Office: 202-224-5824; Metairie office: 504-838-0130; Baton Rouge: 225-929-7711; Monroe: 318-324-2111; Lake Charles: 337-277-5398; Alexandria: 318-448-7176; Lafayette: 337-261-1400; Shreveport: 318-798-3215
Senator John Kennedy: DC office: 202-224-4623; New Orleans: 504-581-6190; Lafayette: (337) 269-5980; Monroe: (318) 361-1489; Alexandria: (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge: (225) 926-8033; Shreveport: (318) 670-5192
Hello. My name is [Your Name] and I'm an active voter from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [Or wherever you’re from].
I'm calling to urge the senator to vote for H.R. 2615, United States–Northern Triangle Enhanced Engagement Act. We must address the root causes of migration from Central America, not detain, abuse, and reject desperate immigrants seeking asylum.
Thank you for your time and attention.
This call is adapted from 5calls.org, which can be viewed here.