In response to the flood of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, the United States has announced more than $250 million in new aid to Central America.

According to a White House press release, the U.S. will be providing $9.6 million in “additional support for Central American governments [El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras] to receive and reintegrate their repatriated citizens.” Also announced:

  • A new $40 million U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) program in Guatemala to reduce the risk factors for youth involvement in gangs and address factors driving migration to the United States
  • A new $25 million Crime and Violence Prevention USAID program in El Salvador that will establish 77 youth outreach centers
  • $18.5 million under the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) to support community policing and law enforcement efforts to confront gangs and other sources of crime in Honduras
  • $161.5 million for CARSI programs to enable Central American countries to help stem migration flows as well as address root cause of the migration

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