Mexico To Spend $30 Billion To Halt Future Migrations To Mexico And US
The newly elected leader of Mexico and his administration said they will invest $30 billion into Central American development, to stop future migrations and caravans to Mexico and U.S.
The Mexican foreign ministery said Mexico "will change its migration policies to respond to the needs required in the south of our country and Central America."
USAToday.com reported: The Mexican government has announced plans to spend $30 billion over the next five years on Central American development, an initiative designed to slow migration from some of the hemisphere's poorest and most violent countries through Mexico and toward the United States.
Exact details were still pending on how the money would be disbursed, but the Mexican Foreign Ministry said in a tweet Monday that Mexico "will change its migration policies to respond to the needs required in the south of our country and Central America."
The Mexican announcement comes as more 5,000 Central American migrants traveling in caravans have congregated in Tijuana, where many had hoped to make asylum claims in the United States, but face waiting lists of more than several months.
And it serves as an early test of the relationship between new Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and President Donald Trump, who has already cut aid to Central America and vowed to halt all foreign aid to the region if the caravan wasn't stopped.
The two leaders have maintained cordial relations. But as a candidate, López Obrador vowed that he "will not do the dirty work of any foreign government," a clear swipe at demands Trump was imposing on Mexico to stop the migrant caravan.
It also comes as an early initiative on the migration issue from López Obrador — who, on the campaign trail, responded to questions on migrants transiting Mexico that his country "will not do the dirty work of any foreign government."
López Obrador hasn’t repeated that pledge since being elected July 1 and has instead proposed a sort of "Marshall Plan" for Central America, which he insists will diminish the need to emigrate in the first place. (source 1)
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