This post was last updated on September 19th, 2018 at 10:15 am
The United States President Donald Trump has claimed for years to build a vast wall on its southern border, for which Mexico would pay, which has been persistently denied by that country. However, the tables seemed to have turned as the US plans to pay Mexico instead, as a part of the campaign of Trump administration to stop illegal immigration.
Recently the administration had sent a notice to Congress, clearing its intentions of taking $20 million for foreign assistance funds. It also said that the money will be used to aid Mexico in paying for the plane and bus fare, for deporting as many as 17,000 people living there illegally.
Moreover, the money will help increase deportations of Central Americans, out of which many pass through Mexico to get to the American border. According to a notification, any unauthorized immigrant in Mexico, who is either known or suspected terrorist, will also be deported under the program. Although, such people are few in number.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, Katie Waldman said that the program was intended to help relieve immigration flows at the United States border with Mexico.
She said, “We are working closely with our Mexican counterparts to confront rising border apprehension numbers — specifically, a 38 percent increase in families this month alone — directly and to ensure that those with legitimate claims have access to appropriate protections.”
The plan has been under an internal debate for months. It is a part of a broader push by the Trump administration to redirect billions in foreign assistance to other priorities.
While several announcements have been made by the administration about not spending on the priorities intended by Congress, it has been mostly quiet about how it will use the money. Besides, it has been frustrated since long as Congress provides millions for foreign aid, while refusing funds for immigration priorities.
As per the reports, the money will first be transferred to the Department of Homeland Security from the State Department, and finally it’ll be sent to Mexico.
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