Biden blasted over 'naive' $4B plan to send cash to some of 'world's most corrupt countries' to stop border crisis
JOE Biden is under fire for his $4billion plan to bail out "corrupt countries" in an attempt to address the migrant crisis at the US-Mexico border.
The president is reportedly considering giving Central American countries a conditional cash transfer and vaccines, according to White House officials – but House Republicans do not support the measure.
The program would be aimed at Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, Biden's southern border coordinator Roberta Jacobson told Reuters as Reps. James Comer and Jason Smith expressed concern about the plan.
They told Acting Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young that it "is worrisome that the administration’s solution isn’t to reinstate those policies or replace them with workable solutions," however.
"But instead to funnel more money to pay countries to dissuade their citizens to break US laws, particularly countries with corruption concerns," read their letter obtained by Fox News.
"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.
"Moreover, the countries identified as potential recipients include some of the most corrupt countries in the world, with El Salvadaor and Guatemala ranking in the top ten."
However, the Biden administration is planning on pushing the $4billion plan to address gang violence, climate and economic instability in these countries.
GOP lawmakers highlighted that $861million the White House requested from Congress in financial assistance would tackle the "root causes" of "irregular" migration with "apparently no strings attached."
Around 168,000 people were apprehended by Border Patrol agents in March – the highest in a month since March 2001 – as the border crisis escalates.
"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 said.
"The one thing I can promise you is the US government isn't going to be handing out money or checks to people," Jacobson said.
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) told the publication that cash transfers were already being initiated in these countries to address "basic needs" after a spate of 2020 hurricanes.
They are considering expanding this program, Reuters reported.
But Comer urged Biden to reinstate Trump's "asylum agreements with Northern Triangle countries, utilize the Migrant Protection Protocols, end catch and release, and maximize his authority to expel illegal immigrants."
"Paying people to not commit a crime sends the wrong message, harms hardworking American taxpayers, and does nothing to end the border crisis," Comer said on Fox News.
"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 agreed.
"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."
On Friday, Rep Kevin McCarthy, said: "It’s insulting to the millions of Americans who are out of work or facing despair in our country."
The news comes after US border Control warned MS-13 gang members could be evading arrest by "exploiting the influx of migrants" as Trump's border wall contracts were canceled.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that Vice President Kamala Harris focus is not on the border but "the root causes in the Northern Triangle."
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