GOP beats Biden’s plan to send $ 4 billion to ‘corrupt’ countries to tackle the ‘root’ causes of migration
Two senior House Republicans are demanding that the Biden administration hand over documents related to its plan to send $ 4 billion in aid to Central American countries to address the “root causes” of migration.
Rep. James Comer, the senior member of the House Oversight Committee, and Rep. Jason Smith, the senior member of the House Budget Committee, wrote to Acting Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young calling Biden’s plan to raise $ 4 billion to send more than four years to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador “naive and misplaced”.
Amid a border crisis propelled by the Biden government that has successfully reversed deterrence policies, it is worrying that the government’s solution is not to restore those policies or replace them with workable solutions, but to spend more money on countries to discourage. their citizens to violate U.S. laws, especially countries with corruption concerns, ” the letter said, saying, which was first obtained by Fox News.
Representative James Comer (left), the leading member of the House Oversight Committee, and Rep. Jason Smith (right), the leading member of the House Budget Committee, wrote a letter demanding documents about a plan to send $ 4 billion to Northern Triangle countries
Reuters reported last month that the Biden administration is considering a conditional money transfer program to the Northern Triangle countries to address the ‘root’ causes of migration, as migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador have flooded the border with the US.
Central American families await processing by US Border Patrol agents near the US-Mexico border in La Joya, Texas last month. Biden has proposed sending $ 4 billion to Northern Triangle countries over four years, so prevent migrants from coming north
Migrants will be questioned by police in Corinto, Honduras, in March, before attempting to cross the border into Guatemala, hoping to continue their journey to Mexico and the United States.
Border Patrol agents arrest a group of migrants near downtown El Paso, Texas in mid-March
Reuters reported last month that the Biden administration was considering a conditional money transfer program to address the economic problems that migrants from certain Central American countries are pulling north.
The potential program would target people in the northern triangle region of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, Roberta Jacobson, the now former White House southern border coordinator, told Reuters in an interview.
She didn’t say exactly who would get money.
About 168,000 people were picked up by US border guards at the US-Mexico border in March, the highest monthly number since March 2001 and part of the steadily increasing arrivals in recent months.
“We are looking at all productive options to address both the economic reasons people migrate and the protection and security reasons,” Jacobson said.
She did not provide a detailed explanation of how a money transfer program would work.
“All I can promise you is that the US government will not hand out money or checks to people,” she added.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy criticized the plan last month.
“It is an insult to the millions of Americans who are unemployed or facing despair in our country,” he said.
Biden has requested $ 4 billion in development aid from Central America in four years to address the root causes of migration.
In early April, the White House requested $ 861 million from Congress for that effort in Biden’s first annual budget proposal.
That would be a significant increase from the roughly $ 500 million in aid this year.
Against the price tag, Comer and Smith wrote, “ Unlike the Trump administration, which used the use of aid to ensure effective cooperation of Northern Triangle countries on migration issues, the Biden administration simply made this ‘commitment’. announced without any strings attached. . ‘
“The strategy of sending cash payments abroad to turn the tide of illegal immigration resulting from the policies of the Biden government is naive and misleading,” write lawmakers. In addition, among the countries identified as potential recipients are some of the most corrupt countries in the world, with El Salvador and Guatemala in the top ten.
Congressmen likely cited a US News & World Report ranking of the 10 most corrupt countries, ordered by perception.
The April 2021 ranking puts Guatemala at number 6 and El Salvador at number 9.
No. 1 is Iraq.
In general from US News Best Country RankingGuatemala ranks 69th and El Salvador 77th out of 78 countries.