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U.S. considers cash gifts to Central American nations to curb migrants

A deputy constable in south Texas encounters a group of migrant teenagers from Guatemala.
A deputy constable in south Texas encounters a group of migrant teenagers from Guatemala.

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Biden administration is considering making cash payments to multiple Central American nations in the hopes it could stem the surge of migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border, the news agency Reuters reported Friday afternoon.

A senior White House official told Reuters that the cash transfer would target the countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, where poor economic conditions are believed to motivate migrants to travel northward to the U.S.

Roberta Jacobson, the White House's southern border coordinator, didn't specify to Reuters exactly how the money distribution would occur, but she indicated it was conditional on reducing the immigration flow.

"We're looking at all of the productive options to address both the economic reasons people may be migrating, as well as the protection and security reasons," she said in an interview with the wire service.

The U.S. Border Patrol reported nearly 170,000 encounters occurred with migrants along the border last month, marking a 20-year high. That included almost 19,000 unaccompanied children, which was the largest monthly number ever recorded.

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  1. Why not investigate the politicians in those counties before. There are huge wealth gaps in those countries and this “aid” will go right to the same people. Of course everyone sees this but the admin. maybe they’ll hire Hunter Biden to be on the energy council in Guatemala

  2. The only thing that will work is a 12 to 15 division occupation force with an occupational government in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Nicaraugua will have to go for itself given it’s communist leanings.

      1. Nobody is occupying anything. I’m just saying that’s the only thing that would work. We still do not have the political will to solve the problem. It will still be going on 10 presidencies from now.

  3. As I said in another post the VP is down in these countries that are self made dumps passing out cash to these criminal leaders just so they can get their next Bentley or Jet, but then again are politicians are just like them

  4. Once these countries start getting funds from us it will not stop them from coming until we pay them again. The money will not come from the elites. It will come from the working class in this country. I rather have the guard with live ammo to stop these invaders.

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