House GOP slams Biden proposal to send cash across border

​House Republicans are slamming the Biden administration’s proposal to send cash to Central American international locations to assist remedy the “root causes” of the immigration disaster — calling the initiative to send tens of millions of {dollars} to notoriously corrupt governments “naive and misguided.”

“The strategy of sending cash payments to foreign countries to stem the tide of illegal immigration caused by Biden administration policies is naive and misguided,” lawmakers on the House Oversight and Budget committees wrote in a letter to Acting Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young.

“Moreover, the countries identified as potential recipients include some of the most corrupt countries in the world, with El Salvador and Guatemala ranking in the top ten,” the Republicans wrote​ within the letter obtained by Fox News.

​Reps. James Comer and Jason Smith, the rating Republicans on the House Oversight and House Budget committees, questioned the administration’s resolution to the issue.

 Rep. James Comer slammed the Biden administration for their solution to send cash to help mend the migrant crisis.
Rep. James Comer slammed the Biden administration for his or her resolution to send cash to assist mend the migrant disaster.
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“In the midst of a border crisis propelled by the Biden administration reversing successful deterrent policies, it is worrisome that the administration’s solution isn’t to reinstate those policies or replace them with workable solutions, but instead to funnel more money to pay countries to dissuade their citizens to break U.S. laws, particularly countries with corruption concerns,” the letter​​ says.

Vice President Kamala Harris final week, throughout a name with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, pledged the United States would send an extra $310 million in assist to the Northern Triangle international locations.

Rep. Jason Smith was another GOP Congressman to criticize the cash plan.
Rep. Jason Smith was one other GOP Congressman to criticize the cash plan.
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“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,” Harris’ chief spokeswoman and senior adviser Symone Sanders mentioned in an announcement.

Of the $310 million, $255 million will go towards humanitarian reduction whereas $55 million will deal with meals insecurity within the area.

Central American families board a U.S. Customs and Border Protection bus for transport to an immigrant processing center on April 13, 2021.
Central American households board a U.S. Customs and Border Protection bus for transport to an immigrant processing heart on April 13, 2021.
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Last month, Roberta Jacobson, the White House’s southern border coordinator, mentioned the Biden White House is mulling sending cash payments to the Central American international locations, that may be focused at residents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, Reuters reported.

Citizens of these Northern Triangle international locations signify the majority of the migrants making the trek to the US.

A pregnant asylum-seeking migrant woman waits to board a bus to be transported by the U.S. Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande river into the United States on April 27, 2021.
A pregnant asylum-seeking migrant lady waits to board a bus to be transported by the U.S. Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande river into the United States on April 27, 2021.
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“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,” Jacobson advised Reuters.​

Jacobson has since stepped down from her publish.

​​In the identical report, the US Agency for International Development mentioned it was already utilizing cash transfers to “help people meet their basic needs,” following back-to-back hurricanes within the area in late 2020.​​

The president, as a part of the ​US Citizenship Act of 2021, has additionally proposed investing $4 billion “to address the underlying causes of immigration” within the Northern Triangle, on the situation that these international locations cut back poverty, corruption and gang violence that trigger folks to flee.

Comer and Smith mentioned Biden’s discretionary funds for FY 2022 requests $861 million in monetary help to study the “root causes” of “irregular” immigration – the primary fee towards that $4 billion. ​

The GOP lawmakers urged Biden leverage assist because the Trump administration did to safe border agreements however famous that the Biden administration ended lots of them.

​Instead of on the lookout for the “root causes,” they are saying Biden ought to reinstate these cooperative pacts.​

Asylum-seeking migrant families wait to be transported by the U.S. Border Patrol on April 27, 2021.
Asylum-seeking migrant households wait to be transported by the U.S. Border Patrol on April 27, 2021.
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“President Biden should reinstate President Trump’s cooperative asylum agreements with Northern Triangle countries, utilize the Migrant Protection Protocols, end catch and release, and maximize his authority to expel illegal immigrants during the pandemic,” Comer advised Fox News.

“Paying people to not commit a crime sends the wrong message, harms hardworking American taxpayers, and does nothing to end the border crisis,” he continued.

Central American migrants seen after crossing the US Border on April 27, 2021.
Central American migrants seen after crossing the US Border on April 27, 2021.
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“Hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars are already being spent as a result of the Biden Border Crisis even while the President’s budget request holds funding flat for the Department of Homeland Security,” Smith mentioned.

“Rather than searching around for more misguided policies to pile on to their existing failures, President Biden and his team ought to look at what was working before they came into office.”

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