$ 255 million will go to humanitarian aid and $ 55 million will go to the fight against food insecurity in the region.
“In light of the dire situation and the acute suffering facing millions of people in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Vice President Harris has announced additional support of $ 310 million to the US government,” said one fact sheet published by the White House.
Monday’s announcement comes hours after Harris practically met with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei.
According to a statement by Harris spokesperson Symone Sanders, the two leaders “pledged to strengthen bilateral efforts to manage migration in an orderly and humane manner in accordance with national and international laws, agreed on the need to establish orderly and legal channels for migrants and agreed on the importance of creating economic opportunities in the region that will benefit both countries. “
Already, Republicans have used Harris’ mission to portray her as the face of the problem, wondering why she hasn’t visited the border. Some of the backlash has prompted the White House to make it clear repeatedly that its role is limited to diplomatic efforts to curb the flow of migrants – not the whole issue.