President Joe Biden's administration is considering paying Central Americans in cash payments to stem immigration and basically tell them to stay home. There are two statements that comes to mind when I hear this - 1) what could possibly go wrong, and 2) you can't make this sh-t up!
A senior White House official confirmed that this is under consideration to Reuters.
Let's take a quick look at the Reuters report on the Biden administration considering this option.
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The potential program would be targeted at people in the Northern Triangle region of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, Roberta Jacobson, the White House’s southern border coordinator, told Reuters in an interview, without saying who exactly would receive cash.
Roughly 168,000 people were picked up by U.S. Border Patrol agents at the U.S.-Mexico border in March, the highest monthly tally since March 2001 and part of steadily increasing arrivals in recent months.
So what could possibly go wrong there? Is America going to literally pay people to stay home? Are people going to move to places like Guatamala just to get a check from America? Seriously, this cannot possibly be a reality. To think America would literally pay people to stay home is absolutely insane.
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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 said.
She did not provide a detailed explanation of how a cash transfer program would work.
“The one thing I can promise you is the U.S. government isn’t going to be handing out money or checks to people,” Jacobson said.
Wait a minute. This contradicts the potential program that was mentioned earlier in the Reuters report. Now I am confused. Jacobson suggests that the US government won't send them money, but the possible program suggests that certain people might get money. Will the US government send money to an organization in Central America, and they will be the ones handing out cash? What exactly is going on here?
Jacobson is stepping down at the end of the month and this is probably the worst time for someone like her to resign from a position.
If we dive into the report a little bit more, it appears some cash is already going to places for aid to help recover from weather disasters, like hurricanes, which makes sense.
A spokesman for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which administers foreign aid, told Reuters in a statement that it is already using cash transfers in programs “to help people meet their basic needs” in the wake of severe hurricanes in Central America in late 2020. USAID is considering expanding the efforts going forward, the spokesman said.
The United States in the past has used the USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives to fund work-for-cash programs in post-conflict nations such as Colombia. Such programs can include labor-intensive rural road-building projects.
Among the options for cash transfers would be to channel funds to individuals through international or local non-governmental organizations that would vet them, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.
It makes sense if nations are helping each other build infrastructure to help modernize areas. Sure, that's pretty much called civilization and constantly improving.
But would you agree to send cash payments to the people in another country if there's still people in our own country struggling? This is a great thing to discuss in the comments!
Here is Roberta Jacobson in a recent briefing.
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