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Obama to request $1 billion from Congress to help Central America

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration hopes to increase funding to Central America to $1 billion next year as part of a drive to boost relations with southern neighbors, bolster security and stem illegal immigration.

“On Monday, President Obama will request from Congress $1 billion to help Central America’s leaders make the difficult reforms and investments required to address the region’s interlocking security, governance and economic challenges,” Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday.

“The economies of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras remain bogged down as the rest of the Americas surge forward,” he wrote in an opinion article published by The New York Times. “Inadequate education, institutional corruption, rampant crime and a lack of investment are holding these countries back.”

With many economic migrants to the United States coming from the region legally and illegally, the U.S. has a vested interest in improving stability — which has been hit by poverty, rampant gang warfare and drug trafficking.

The proposal is part of Obama’s 2016 budget plan — to be unveiled fully next week — which would first have to be approved by a hostile Republican-controlled Congress.

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Steven Lechner

Please keep in mind my Costa Rican friends – no matter how much money he pledges to ask for on your behalf – Obama is not your friend.

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We only have to recall the “Allianza para el Progreso” program initiated by JFK – this was to be monitored by OAS observers – OAS is a USA mostly funded organization which enables it to intrude in any of its members affairs- This program brought wealth to selected contractors and politicians from both USA and Latin America –
The fear then was communism and need to buy the hearts of the latin people with this promotion – Now that communist China has its own program in Latin America of buying the hearts of its people with generous donations the USA has to keep pace so they do not lose access to all the natural resources of these regions – Will the USA borrow this money from CHINA or just print more as the Chinese do??

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Stephen Johnson

Really? What about our Ambassafor? Been almost two years – we aren’t going to get any of the gringo money but at least don’t ignore us…

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Dan Gibson

Would be equal to ten men pissing down a rat hole!! The Latin American countries are more corrupt than the US — if that is possible!! Not one penny of this money will go towards the intended purpose — rest assured of that!!!

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Carlos Cordero Madrigal

Central America is much more than Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Nicaragua, CostaRica, Panama and Belice also exist. Geography has never been a gringo trait. But the President’s advisors should know better.

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You misunderstand the context of the statement. The majority of Central Americans crossing the US-Mexico border are NOT from Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Belize, and Panama which is why these countries were excluded from the statement. Likewise, violence in the region is highest in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

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