Mexican president to propose extension of welfare programs to Central America to curb migration

Lopez Obrador said in three years, the program could create up to 1 million jobs across southern Mexico and the Central American nations.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Sunday that he plans to propose his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden an extension of one of his key welfare programs to Central America to help curb immigration.

Hunger and poverty have driven tens of thousands of migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras north in an attempt to cross the U.S. border.

“What I want to propose is that the program Sembrando Vida is implemented in Central America,” Lopez Obrador said in a video message from Palenque in southern Mexico. “So people aren’t forced to . . .

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