US mulling cash payments to help curb migration

US mulling cash payments to help curb migration
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The White House is mulling sending cash payments to certain Central American countries to try to help them battle domestic issues that are leading people to migrate to the U.S.

Roberta Jacobson, the White House’s southern border coordinator, told Reuters in an interview that the possible program would send money to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

“We’re looking at all of the productive options to address both the economic reasons people may be migrating, as well as the protection and security reasons,” she said.


Jacobson declined to state how precisely the program would work, but told Reuters, “The one thing I can promise you is the U.S. government isn’t going to be handing out money or checks to people.” 

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill. 

The remarks come as the U.S. faces a burgeoning crisis at the border.

Border Patrol agents in March picked up about 168,000 people trying to cross the southern border, breaking the record for most monthly encounters since March 2001.

President BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Argentina launches 'Green Mondays' campaign to cut greenhouse gases On The Money: Federal judge vacates CDC's eviction moratorium | Biden says he's open to compromise on corporate tax rate | Treasury unsure of how long it can stave off default without debt limit hike MORE has vowed to send $4 billion in aid to the so-called Northern Triangle region to try to quell violence and corruption that are sending people fleeing north. The money will be geared toward efforts ranging from curtailing endemic corruption, preventing violence, reducing poverty and expanding economic development opportunities.

Jacobson’s interview comes the same day as the White House announced that she is stepping down from her post at the end of April.

“Ambassador Roberta Jacobson’s leadership in serving as the Special Assistant to the President and Coordinator for the Southwest Border at the National Security Council has been an invaluable contribution to the Biden-Harris Administration and to the United States,” White House national security adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanWill Biden provide strategic clarity or further ambiguity on Taiwan? State Department denies reports of prisoner swap with Iran North Korean official says Biden's comments on country are 'hostile policy' MORE said in a statement announcing her departure.