FILE – In this March 18, 2016, file photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol truck patrols the U.S. border with Mexico in Douglas, Ariz. Migrants trekking across the Arizona borderlands have died at higher rates in the two decades. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File)
UPDATED 8:14 AM PT – Wednesday, April 28, 2021
The White House is planning to send even more U.S. taxpayer money to Guatemala instead of helping to address the border crisis on its home soil.
While speaking during a virtual meeting on Tuesday, the Biden administration announced plans to give an additional $310 million to Guatemala to create a”task force” to manage mass migration into the U.S. It appears $255 million of those funds will go toward unspecified “humanitarian relief,” while another $55 million will provide food to the local population.
This comes as the White House attempts to address the root causes of migration from the Northern Triangle region.
Biden’s plan has already received backlash from Republicans who said that money would be better spent finishing border wall construction and helping Americans instead of being sent abroad.
GOP lawmakers have also pointed out how both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have yet to actually visit the southern border to witness the influx of immigrants for themselves.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials last month, more than 170,000 illegal migrants were taken into federal custody.