House Republicans question Biden's 'naive' plan to send cash to Central America to stop migration

House Republicans question Biden's 'naive' plan to send cash to Central America to stop migration

5/3/2021 9:21:00 PM

House Republicans question Biden's 'naive' plan to send cash to Central America to stop migration

EXCLUSIVE: Republicans on the House Oversight and Budget committees are questioning a reported plan by the Biden administration to send cash payments to Central America as part of a strategy to combat the root causes of the migrant crisis -- accusing the Biden administration of trying to buy its way out of a crisis.

Comer and Smith noted that Biden's FY 2022 discretionary budget request includes $861 million in financial assistance to address"root causes" of"irregular" migration -- which the request calls a first step toward that $4 billion.

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The lawmakers said that while the Trump administration leveraged the use of aid to secure border agreements -- like the Asylum Cooperative Agreements that the Biden administration has since ended --"the Biden administration has simply announced this ‘commitment’ with apparently no strings attached."

Instead of the"root causes," like poverty, violence and climate, they call on Biden to reinstate Trump-era policies, like the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and the cooperative agreements.BORDER PATROL TELLS CBP HE WON'T ENDORSE LANGUAGE POLICY THAT STOPS USE OF 'ILLEGAL ALIEN'

"President Biden should reinstate President Trump's cooperative asylum agreements with Northern Triangle countries, utilize the Migrant Protection Protocols, end catch and release, and maximize his authority to expel illegal immigrants during the pandemic," Comer told Fox News."Paying people to not commit a crime sends the wrong message, harms hardworking American taxpayers, and does nothing to end the border crisis."

"Hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars are already being spent as a result of the Biden Border Crisis even while the President’s budget request holds funding flat for the Department of Homeland Security," Smith said."Rather than searching around for more misguided policies to pile on to their existing failures, President Biden and his team ought to look at what was working before they came into office." 

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe letter requests all documents and communications related to payments to discourage migration, as well as documents related to concerns about corruption or misuse of funds by Northern Triangle governments.The letter comes days after Biden claimed that"we've gotten control" of the crisis at the border and again blamed the Trump administration for the crisis. Meanwhile, the

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