Republicans on the House Oversight and Budget committees are making it clear they don’t favor a plan by the Biden administration to send cash to Central America to supposedly address the “root causes” of the migrant surge.
Budget Director Shalanda Young received a letter from ranking Republican committee members Reps. James Comer (KY) and Jason Smith (MO) detailing their concerns with the “conditional cash transfer” plans.
“In the midst of a border crisis propelled by the Biden administration reversing successful deterrent policies, it is worrisome that the administration’s solution isn’t to reinstate those policies or replace them with workable solutions, but instead to funnel more money to pay countries to dissuade their citizens to break U.S. laws, particularly countries with corruption concerns,” the letter said.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said it was already using cash transfers in the region to help with recovery from hurricanes there and could potentially expand the program.
But Comer and Smith pointed out that giving out cash to people in some of the “most corrupt countries in the world” is “naive and misguided.”
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