Updated 11:48 PM EDT, Sat, Oct 16, 2021

U.S. Congress will Give $65M to El Salvador to Prevent Migration of Minors

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El Salvador will receive $65 million from the U.S. Congress to prevent minors from migrating.

The $65 million is part of the $750 million funding approved by the U.S. Congress to prevent Central American children and teens from migrating, a Salvadoran presidential aide announced on Monday, according to a report from La Prensa.

Roberto Lorenzana said that the distribution of the funds was chosen during U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's meeting last week with the presidents of the Northern Triangle countries, which includes El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, the news outlet added. Lorenzana said that around $65 million were allocated to El Salvador, $112 million to Guatemala, and $89 million to Honduras.

The aide took note that the governments "will not receive that money" directly, but that the U.S. Agency for International Development will carry out the projects "based on the plans the three countries have agreed upon in the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity," La Prensa further reported. Lorenzana also said that another $400 million will be assigned for regional cooperation, an issue which Northern Triangle nations may apply as well.

In addition, Lorenzana announced that Biden urged the three presidents to arrange new budgets for 2017.

"Our countries are going to start getting ready. The three countries have a technical meeting in the coming weeks, precisely to define the new cooperative projects we're going to propose for the year 2017," the aide remarked, as quoted in La Prensa's report.

The U.S. has been backing the initiative called "Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle" and has a technical secretariat directed by the Inter-American Development Bank, or IDB, the news outlet noted. The initiative, which was launched in September 2014, was created as a response to the abrupt surge of migrant children and adolescents from Central America coming across the U.S. border.

The assistance to the Northern Triangle governments will be directed to address several issues, such as battling human smuggling and trafficking, improve border security, "facilitate the safe return, repatriation, and reintegration of undocumented migrants," and "inform its citizens of the dangers of the journey to the southwest border of the United States," a press release from the White House listed.

Barack Obama's administration also hopes that through the funding, the three nations will be able to toughen public institutions, protect human rights, boost government revenues, execute efficient civil society consultations, "support programs to promote equitable growth," and "improve civilian jurisdiction and counter activities of criminal organizations," the White House's website further stated.

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