A senior White House official told Reuters that the United States is considering the introduction of a cash transfer program under certain conditions to solve the economic difficulties of pushing immigrants from Central American countries to the north, and to send covid-19 vaccines to these countries.
The possible cash transfer program will target people in the northern triangle, including Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, Roberta Jacobson, the White House’s southern border coordinator, said in an interview with Reuters. She did not say how people will get cash.
In March, the U.S. border police stopped about 168,000 people at the U.S.-Mexico border, the largest number of immigrants since March 2001.
She said: “We are considering all effective options to address the economic reasons and security reasons for people to immigrate.”
Jacobson did not give a more detailed explanation of how this procedure works. She said: “I can only assure you that the U.S. government will not give people cash or checks.”
White House security adviser Jake Sullivan reported on Friday that Jacobson will leave the White House in late April. She said she promised to hold the position 100 days before the new government was established.
US President Joe Biden (Joe Biden) took office on January 20. He has asked for US$4 billion in development assistance for Central America over the next four years to address the root causes of immigration.
Last Friday, the White House applied for $861 million for this purpose as part of Biden’s first annual national budget proposal, which greatly exceeds the current aid, which is about $500 million for this budget year.
The United States has used the Office of Transition Initiative (USAID), an international aid agency, in the past, otherwise it would provide foreign aid through the agency to fund “money for money” programs in conflict-affected countries (such as Colombia). These plans usually include labor-intensive rural road construction projects.
A person familiar with the matter told Reuters that one of the options for cash transfers is to transfer money to individuals through international or local NGOs responsible for checks.
Mexico has proposed a similar cash transfer plan as an option during a recent meeting with US officials in Mexico City.
The Mexican government has implemented limited projects of this kind in Central America. These projects are based on the allocation of funds to unemployed young people and small farmers. This is the Mexican President Andreas Manuel Lopez Obrah An important pillar of Andreas Manuel Lopez Obrador’s social plan.