Harris' visit to Central America signals a new chapter | CNN
June 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte writes that Vice President Kamala Harris' trip to Central America sends a signal of hope to the region that the US is willing to invest and tackle its complex problems.
When we discuss migration, we often fail to recognize that when families come to America from the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, they don’t do so lightly – they face dire circumstances.
USAID recently announced the deployment of a Disaster Assistance Response Team to the Northern Triangle, which will fund programs focused on disaster response, food assistance, poverty reduction, economic growth and other factors that cause increased migration from Central America.
Harris also announced a pledge of $310 million in regional humanitarian aid and secured commitments from 12 companies and other organizations to support economic development in the Northern Triangle as part of the administration’s “Call to Action” launch.
As Harris continues to lead the administration’s efforts on this issue, we can expect her to emphasize the importance of stronger and better governance in the Northern Triangle, with the central aim of combatting corruption.
Harris’ visit also sends a clear message that the entire region is important to the US government and that it will not cede ground in Central America to countries like China.