Mexico warns migration will not slow without more U.S. investment in Central America

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MEXICO CITY, Oct 13 (Businesshala) – Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Wednesday that if the United States is expected to slow northward to record levels of migration, it needs to invest more in Central America. Is.

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Driven by the economic slowdown triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and hopes of more welcoming immigration policies under US President Joe Biden, a record number of migrants have passed through Mexico towards the United States this year.

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Biden has vowed to focus on the underlying causes of migration to Central America by working to reduce poverty, violence and corruption.

Asked about the possibility of Mexico acting as a deterrent to immigrants, Ebrard told a Mexican radio program, “There needs to be a huge investment from the United States in Central America, no doubt. “

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“Without this investment, if the United States doesn’t support Central America, it’s very hard to think that the migration that is happening will decrease,” Ebrard said.

Biden noted in a recent letter to Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador that the United States has provided more than $600 million in foreign aid over the past year to the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

The letter said Biden has requested the US Congress for a further $861 million to be allocated to Central America for the 2022 fiscal year.

Reporting by Diana Beth Solomon; Editing by Karishma Singh

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