Obama to request 1 billion from Congress to help Central America

first_imgRelated posts:Obama: US will make immigration ‘more fair and just’ Immigrants find themselves torn between hope, defeat on Obama’s plans New immigration program seeks to reunite Central American families in US ‘Writing was on the wall’ for child immigrant crisis, says new study WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration hopes to increase funding to Central America to $1 billion next year as part of a drive to boost relations with southern neighbors, bolster security and stem illegal immigration.“On Monday, President Obama will request from Congress $1 billion to help Central America’s leaders make the difficult reforms and investments required to address the region’s interlocking security, governance and economic challenges,” Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday.“The economies of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras remain bogged down as the rest of the Americas surge forward,” he wrote in an opinion article published by The New York Times. “Inadequate education, institutional corruption, rampant crime and a lack of investment are holding these countries back.”With many economic migrants to the United States coming from the region legally and illegally, the U.S. has a vested interest in improving stability — which has been hit by poverty, rampant gang warfare and drug trafficking.The proposal is part of Obama’s 2016 budget plan — to be unveiled fully next week — which would first have to be approved by a hostile Republican-controlled Congress. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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