VP Kamala Harris met with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei and promised to give the “Golden Triangle $310 Million, according to The Daily Wire.
“In light of the dire situation and acute suffering faced by millions of people in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, Vice President Harris announced an additional $310 million in U.S. government support for humanitarian relief and to address food insecurity.”
“Of the $310 million, $255 million will go toward humanitarian relief while $55 million will address food insecurity in the region.”
“The U.S. will send 16 employees of the Department of Homeland Security to aid in the effort.”
“The United States will also help Guatemala to build shelters for returned migrants and help the migrants transition back to life in their home communities.”
“In her opening remarks, Harris spoke about what she described as the ‘acute causes’ of the spike in migration — hurricanes that battered the region last fall, a persistent drought, and the coronavirus pandemic — as well as ‘root causes’ like the lack of economic opportunity in the region, extreme weather conditions and government corruption.”
From The Daily Wire:
The money, Harris’s office said, will go to solve the issue of “food insecurity” that the administration claims is instrumental in driving migrants from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras to join “migrant caravans” that travel together, through Mexico, to the American border. Members of these migrant caravans often try to seek asylum, which triggers involvement from the United States Customs and Border Protection Agency, which must process each asylum seeker and assign them an immigration court hearing date.
addition, the United States is pledging to help Guatemala train its border patrol and improve how the country cares for migrants who are sent back or return of their own volition, according to Politico.
Harris, who was assigned to handle the ongoing migrant crisis at the United States’ southern border, has instead been focusing on what she terms the “root causes” of the uptick in immigration and, on Sunday, said that she would travel to Central America to view the situation firsthand, though she has no plans to visit the United States-Mexico border.
That situation, she said, is the Department of Homeland Security’s purview.
Harris did not reference President Joe Biden’s executive orders loosening the Trump administration’s immigration restrictions.