VP Harris secures $1 billion to help with the “root causes” of illegal immigration

Vice President Kamala Harris has secured over a billion dollars for Central American nations to address the “root causes” of America’s illegal immigration problem. 

ABC News reports:

Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday announced $1.2 billion in commitments from international businesses to support the economies and social infrastructure of Central American nations, as she works to address what the White House terms the “root causes” of migration to the United States.

Background

It was back in March that President Joe Biden announced that he was putting Harris in charge of addressing America’s southern border crisis.

Harris and her people, however, have disputed this. They have claimed that, rather than the southern border crisis itself, Biden put Harris in charge of, specifically, addressing the “root causes” of that crisis.

Accordingly, rather than the U.S.-Mexico border, Harris traveled to Central American countries in May. And, according to ABC News, Harris’s latest announcement is an outgrowth of that trip.

“In May, Harris appealed to the private sector to invest in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras in an effort to improve stability and opportunity in the Central American countries,” the outlet reports. “Monday’s announcement builds on that ‘call to action,’ as she announces new commitments and encourages other companies to continue their investment.”

Some specifics

All of the details of the billion-dollar “committments” that Harris has secured have yet to be released.

ABC News, however, has reported that “among the new initiatives announced Monday are a push by Nespresso to support coffee-growing in Honduras and El Salvador, a Microsoft initiative to connect millions of people to the Internet, and a $100 million commitment to the region by Mastercard to promote digital payments and e-commerce.”

Politico has reported on some more of the details.

The outlet reports:

Harris this morning is set to announce more than $540 million in commitments to invest in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras from companies and organizations including CARE International, PepsiCo, Mastercard and Microsoft. That’s in addition to $750 million in private-sector money she announced in May.

What of it?

It’s typical of the Democrats to through money at a problem. This, however, rarely seems to help, and there is no reason why it would here.

Critics maintain that the southern border crisis is, by and large, the product of President Joe Biden’s policies, including his undoing of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Accordingly, these critics maintain that, if Harris and the Biden administration really want to address the immigration problem, they can start by putting in place policies that actually combat and discourage illegal immigration. Handing a billion dollars to Central American countries doesn’t do that.

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