Vice President Kamala Harris is expected to announce investments in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador’s private sector during her upcoming trip, according to The Washington Examiner.
Harris’ push for investments as she’s been unable to provide a solution to the border crisis, instead pushing for sending money to Central America as the cure for mass illegal immigration through the United States southern border.
According to the Examiner’s report, there are 12 firms and organizations that have signed on to make investments, including Mastercard, Microsoft, Nespresso, Chobani, and Duolingo.
“This approach will leverage commitments and resources from the governments in the Northern Triangle and partnerships with private and social sectors to draw on their unique resources and expertise to support economic growth,” the White House official said.
The Biden administration’s strategy is to help would-be immigrants’ countries of origin become more appealing to those who supposedly immigrate for monetary gain.
Harris spoke to Guatemalan justice leaders earlier this month saying that she believed the violence and corruption were the primary reasons that people are leaving the region and that it also pushes away would-be investors:
“I don’t need to tell you this — injustice is a root cause of migration. It is causing the people of the region to leave their homes involuntarily, meaning they don’t want to leave but they are fleeing: Women, Indigenous people, Afro-descendants, LGBTQ people are facing discrimination and persecution; families are living in fear of traffickers and gangs.”
Other investors in the project include Bancolombia and Davivienda, two regional banks, the World Economic Forum. Nonprofit groups such as the Tent Partnership for Refugees, Accion, Pro Mujer, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health are also rumored to be involved.
To some, it may seem an investment in the future, and to others, it might appear as if we’re subsidizing bad behavior. Time will tell what the long-term effects of arranging an economic boost for a country that seems to be run by crooks.