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    US, EU, Spain give money to address Central American migrant crisis

    SAN JOSÉ (AFP) – The United States (US), European Union (EU) and Spain on Thursday pledged more than USD85 million in aid to Mexico and Central America to offer alternatives to would-be migrants seeking a better life.

    Washington has pledged USD57 million on top of USD310 million in humanitarian aid for the region already announced in April by US Vice President Kamala Harris, a government official said in Costa Rica ahead of a presidential summit.

    “This money will be used to support efforts in building asylum systems, enabling governments to address the pressures of the migration itself,” White House Senior Advisor on Migration Amy Pope told a gathering in San Jose.

    Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said his government would contribute USD7.6 million to the cause, while the EU pledged another USD22.5 million.

    Harris, on a visit to Mexico and Guatemala this week, said countries must work together to address the root causes of the problem, but told would-be migrants “Do not come” to the US.

    “The US will continue to enforce our laws and secure our borders… If you come to our border, you will be turned back,” she said.

    A group of Brazilian migrants walk around a gap in the United States-Mexico border in Yuma, Arizona. PHOTO: AP
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