As the migration crisis grows, Joe Biden’s administration decided to send $310 million dollars to Central America to reverse the situation. Therefore, House Republicans questioned the high cost that the increase of migrants at the southern border has brought to the country.
Vice President Kamala Harris, designated by Biden to address the migration crisis, will send an additional $310 million in aid to the “Northern Triangle” countries (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador) and announced that she will train a Guatemalan “task force.”
Symone Sanders, Harris’ spokesperson and senior advisor, said that the amount announced is part of the U.S. Government’s support for humanitarian aid and to address food insecurity during the migration crisis.
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Of the $310 million, $255 million will go to humanitarian aid, while $55 million will address food insecurity in the region.
Sanders reported that Guatemala’s president, Alejandro Giammattei, pledged to “increase the number of border security personnel and strengthen and improve safeguards on its northern and southern borders.”
In addition to this announcement, the United States also agreed to send 16 Department of Homeland Security employees to train members of a Guatemalan task force that protects the country’s borders.
The Biden-Harris administration will also help migrants who were sent back to their communities by agreeing to build shelters in the Central American country.
Representatives Jason Smith (R-MO) and John Katko (R-NY) expressed their concerns in a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Shalanda Young. They are the ranking members of the House Budget and Homeland Security committees, respectively.
“”While it is evident that President Biden’s immigration policies have encouraged historic levels of migration to the border, exacerbating the national security, humanitarian, and public health crisis, what remains unclear is the true cost—both current and future—of responding to this policy-driven crisis,” the representatives wrote in their letter.
Smith and Katko also asked about the expense “of materials that have been wasted” as a result of stalling construction of the border wall, and how the administration plans to pay for lawsuits or settlements related to the cancellation of the contracts.
The representatives also want to know how much money the Democratic administration has sent in aid to Central American nations aimed at preventing illegal border crossings.
“”The Biden Administration owes the American people an honest assessment of what is happening at the southwest border, and that includes the cost of the crisis to American taxpayers,” Smith said in a statement regarding the migration crisis.
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In only three months in office, attention on the Democratic administration is focused on how it has dealt with the border crisis with massive arrival of migrants at the southern border, and how it has distanced itself from press conferences.
According to NBC, 67% of Americans say that Biden has not known how to deal with border security and immigration.
In only 100 days in office, the Democrat achieved the highest number of unaccompanied minors at the border in history. His “open borders” policy and his promise to receive children on U.S. soil generated record overcrowding in border states.