October 7, 2022

US announces $376 million in aid to Venezuelans

Washington (EFE). – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Thursday a new package of $376 million in humanitarian aid for Venezuelans in Venezuela and other countries aimed at alleviating the migration crisis in the region.

In a statement, Blinken said this funding will go towards food, shelter, access to health, water purification, sanitation and protection programs for vulnerable groups, such as women, youth, indigenous people and the LGTB community.

“Respond to the needs of Venezuela’s most vulnerable Venezuelans, Venezuelan refugees and migrants, and the generous communities hosting them in the region,” Blinken said.

The leader of US diplomacy said this package is part of the commitments agreed at the US Summit in Los Angeles in June, where 20 countries on the continent agreed to work together to stem migratory flows.

Venezuela, central issue for the US

Of the $376 million, about $181 million will be distributed through the State Department’s Immigration Office and more than $194 million through the United States Agency for Development.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there are more than seven million people in vulnerable conditions in Venezuela and 6.8 million Venezuelans in 17 countries in the region.

With the new package, the humanitarian aid that the United States has granted to Venezuelans since 2017 amounts to $2.7 billion.

File photo of Venezuelan migrants waiting for help in New York (USA). EFE/Javier Otazu

US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday his immigration priority is to stop the arrival of migrants from Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua.

In that sense, Blinken announced on Wednesday a new $200 million humanitarian aid package destined for Mexico and Central America to contain the migration crisis.

The president pointed out that it is “not rational” to deport them to their countries, which the United States does not consider democracies, for which he is working with Mexico and other governments to stop the flow of arrivals at the US border.

Web editor: Juan David Mosos

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