Since signing an agreement with Central American countries and the Dominican Republic in 2008, the United States has spent about $800 million on security and law enforcement assistance in the region, with roughly two-thirds of the money sent to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

Lawmakers and regional experts say that any new requests for aid are likely to be greeted with skepticism.

“There’s deep concern about the violence in Central America,” said Eric Olson, director for the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center., “But people are asking hard questions about what is our money going to be used for?”

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