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A Central American Marshall Plan Won’t Work

Trump and AMLO are misreading history.

Since late January, thousands of would-be asylum applicants have been held up just outside of the U.S. border with Mexico, where they have been forced to wait their turn to speak to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The growing humanitarian situation—camps for migrants are , unhygienic, and dangerous—has renewed focus on Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s for a Central American Marshall Plan, through which $30 billion would be channeled toward regional development in an effort to ease migration pressures. López Obrador, popularly known as AMLO, has set a goal of funding the plan by May, and U.S. President Donald Trump, eager to halt immigration to the United States, to participate to the tune of .

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