WASHINGTON – The United States, which joins Mexico, will commit itself to investing billions in Central America hoping to end poverty, violence and drug trafficking that drives thousands of people in the region to make the hard trip that the United States announced the state ministry on Tuesday.
Mexico's new president Andrés Manuel López Obrador introduced what he called a "Marshall plan" last week to address the root causes of Central American migration: a $ 30 billion initiative to invest in the region and welcome migrants to Mexico with a visa , health and employment.
Löfte comes under tensions between the administration and Mexico over a caravan of migrants traveling from Central America, with President Trump driving Mexico to allow those seeking asylum in the United States to stay in Mexico while they wait.
The United States "welcomes the Mexican Government's historic commitment to development in southern Mexico and to promote our common goals with the countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras," the State Department said in a statement. "In addition, the United States also wants to recognize Mexico's willingness to develop a framework to ensure that migration takes place in a legal, orderly and secure manner."
Although Obrador's goal of getting $ 30 billion in shared commitments to regional development is far from off, Mexico welcomed the United States announcement.
"It seems like a very positive step for us," said Marcelo Ebrard, Mexican Foreign Minister and one of the top architects in the regional development proposal.
The Obama Administration invested heavily in Central America, hoping that economic development, police training and a common sense of commitment would mean an increasing flow of immigrants – especially children – traveling through Mexico to get to the United States.
The programs are widely regarded as successful, and US diplomats emigrated in the region consider them vital.
Mr. Trump has sometimes threatened to end all such help unless migration from the region ends completely, a few diplomats see as possible.
The Trump Administration has also repeatedly tried to cut out aid in general, just to see it restored by Congress, and there was little about Tuesday's announcement that suggested that the dynamics would change. Mick Mulvaney, the White House's Budget Director and now working White House Human Resources Manager, is particularly skeptical about the value of foreign aid.
"Since President Trump took office, Congress has rejected his misguided effort to slash foreign aid to Central America," Representative Eliot L. Engel, the New York Democrat, expected to lead the Foreign Affairs Committee in Parliament next year, said Tuesday.
"So it should not be a surprise," he admits, "the Democrats in Congress are skeptical of the Trump Administration's rhetorical commitment to new funding for Central America and southern Mexico to address the root causes of child migration."
Although the United States in recent weeks has tried to restore its relationship with Mexico, the pages remain unbelievable over Mr. Trumps plan to build a wall along their common boundary. He has threatened to shut the government if Congress does not give him $ 5 billion against construction, something Mr Trump promised during the 2016 campaign that Mexico would pay for.