Mehlman: Biden promising 'goodies' to block border surge

Thursday, April 15, 2021
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Honduran caravan (1)An immigration watchdog says President Biden appears to be mirroring Donald Trump’s actions by urging Latin American countries to keep citizens from marching north but, in reality, it’s not quite the same tactic.

“Only in this case,” Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, observes, “it's probably going to wind up costing the American taxpayers more.”

In recent days, the Biden administration has announced it has secured agreements that three Latin American countries, Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala, will station more troops on their borders in an attempt to stem the flow of migrants headed to the southern U.S. border.

Mehlman says that agreement mirrors the agreement Donald Trump secured with these same governments but, in the former president’s case, the countries that were viewed as “equal partners” back then are now being promised lots of “goodies” by Biden to convince them to take action. 

According to a CNN story describing U.S. outreach, Vice President Kamala Harris discussed increasing “humanitarian assistance” to all three countries, as well as job creation, in phone calls with national leaders.

“A lot it is going to wind up in the Swiss bank accounts of government officials there,” Mehlman predicts.

The CNN story also reported a Disaster Assistance Response Team, which is part of the U.S. Agency for International Development, has been sent all three countries to respond to “urgent humanitarian needs” after they were hit by droughts, hurricanes, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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