The last week before Memorial Day tends to be one of the busiest of the year in Washington, especially in Congress. This week, not only are there six congressional hearings with some relevance for our work, but the White House, probably tomorrow, will be sending Congress its 2018 budget request.

We’ll soon have an official sense of how deeply the Trump administration plans to cut diplomacy and foreign aid in Latin America in order to pay for increased defense and border security spending. I’ll be watching the State Department and Homeland Security Department budget pages, and writing up an analysis of the numbers, and the dangers they portend, as quickly as possible.

Expect a lot of posts here this week, about that and other topics. I hope to turn out both a personal podcast and a WOLA podcast, among other content both here and at WOLA’s website.