What Happened: U.S. prosecutors have said Mexican cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman gave $1 million to Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez's brother that was intended for the president, The New York Times reported Oct. 2.
Why It Matters: Hernandez is a key ally of U.S. President Donald Trump on migration issues, and U.S. officials have lauded the Honduran president's efforts to limit migration flows through Central America. However, corruption allegations from U.S. officials that Hernandez's brother accepted bribes from El Chapo are putting political pressure on the Central American leader.
Background: Since winning a contested reelection campaign in 2017, Hernandez has been positioning himself as a White House ally on migration, but the country continues to face rampant corruption and problems related to the drug trade.
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