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Harris ‘root causes’ plan faces challenges

Vice President Harris’s root causes initiative for stemming Northern Triangle migration to the United States is facing serious headwinds before it takes off, as governments in Mexico and Guatemala split with the Biden administration on key policy issues.

Harris earlier this week unveiled an 18-page plan for slowing the tide of migrants that promises long-term investments in the region’s development.

One of the key components is a project to reduce migration from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras — the so-called Northern Triangle countries — by investing nearly $4 billion over four years to improve living conditions in those countries.

“In Central America, the root causes of migration run deep—and migration from the region has a direct impact on the United States,” Harris said in a statement on the strategy.

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