The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced on Thursday, November 4, that it will provide $300 million to Salvadoran, Guatemalan, and Honduras NG0’s.
The funds will be provided over five years to local organizations to address the causes of irregular migration to the United States from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.
Samantha Power, the USAID administrator, made the announcement during her keynote address at Georgetown University.
In her speech, Power’s presented her vision for USAID’s priorities under the Biden-Harris Administration.
USAID has detailed in their
press release that the initiative seeks to “engage, strengthen, and finance local organizations to implement programs to advance sustainable and equitable economic growth, improve governance, fight corruption, protect human rights, improve citizen security, and combat sexual and gender-based violence.”
Illegal immigration to the United States is an issue that does not go away. Poverty, violence, and lack of opportunities are some of the main reasons for leaving El Salvador.
Between October 2020 and September 2021, about 1.7 million immigrants were arrested at the US/Mexico border. More than 98,000 of the arrested were Salvadorans, over 280,000 were Guatemalan, and over 310,00 were Hondurans.
In their press release, USAID states that the agency’s goal is “to foster greater engagement with local organizations and communities in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras and advance stability in the region.”
This new program financing NGOs is carried out under the Biden-Harris Administration’s Root Causes Strategy.