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Psaki on Border: Unless We Disincentivize Families, We Will Continue To Go Through Cycle After Cycle

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki, commenting on the border crisis, said this at Monday's press briefing: "Unless we disincentivize young people, families leaving these countries; we improve the economic conditions; we create spaces for them to be in these countries that avoids the corruption that is in place in many of the governments, we will continue to go through cycle after cycle."


REPORTER: Thank you very much, Jen. I have a question about immigration. President Biden has spoken publicly about how, during the Obama administration, he worked with Central American countries and has talked about how he was — helped negotiate getting $700 million in aid to help those countries prevent the flow of migrants coming in to work. What lessons did the President learn from that experience that he’s applying to dealing with the crisis now?

MS. PSAKI: Well, I think one of the reasons the President asked — and tell me if this is answering your question — but one of the reasons the President asked his Vice President to play a similar role that he played is because he recognizes that unless we address the root causes in these countries; unless we disincentivize young people, families leaving these countries; we improve the economic conditions; we create spaces for them to be in these countries that avoids the corruption that is in place in many of the governments, we will continue to go through cycle after cycle.

Some of these programs — and, obviously, the funding was not advanced during the last administration, and some of the programs were reversed.

So, you know, his experience impacts him and affects him because he knows we need to address the current challenges we’re having at the border; those are immediate. But in order to address it longer term, we need to address the root causes in the countries.
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