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By Ted Hesson and Matt Spetalnick
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is considering a conditional remittance program to help solve economic problems that have caused migrants from some Central American countries to walk north, as well as send COVID vaccines. -19 to those countries, a senior White House official said Reuters on Friday.
In an interview, Roberta Jacobson, the White House’s southern border coordinator, told Reuters that the cash transfer program will likely target people in the Northern Triangle region including Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. .
About 168,000 people were picked up by U.S. Border Patrol agents at the US-Mexico border in March, the highest monthly number since March 2001 and part of the steady increase in arrivals among recent month.
“We are looking at all the options that are useful to address both the economic reasons people might migrate, as well as the reasons for protection and security,” she said.
Jacobson did not give a detailed explanation of how any cash transfer program works.
“One thing I can promise you is that the US government won’t hand over money or checks to the people,” she said.
Jacobson said that there has been no decision yet on whether to prioritize sending vaccines to the Northern Triangle countries, but added that the Biden administration will consider how vaccines can help economies. sick in those countries.
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