Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

Washington (EFE).- The US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, announced this Thursday a new package of 376 million dollars in humanitarian aid for Venezuelans in Venezuela and other countries in order to alleviate the migration crisis in the region.

In a statement, Blinken said the funds will go to food, shelter, health access, water sanitation, hygiene and protection programs for vulnerable groups such as women, youth, indigenous and LGTB communities.

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

The leader of US diplomacy said that this package is part of the commitment agreed at the Summit of the Americas in June in Los Angeles (USA), where twenty countries of the continent agreed to cooperate in stopping the flow of migrants.

Venezuela, the central problem for the United States

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

According to the State Department, more than seven million people are at risk within Venezuela 6.8 million Venezuelans in 17 countries in the region.

With the new package, the United States has allocated $2.7 billion in humanitarian aid to Venezuelans since 2017.

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

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

In that sense, Blinken announced on Wednesday a new humanitarian aid package of 200 million dollars destined for Mexico and Central America to control the migrant crisis.

The president noted that deporting them to a country that the United States does not consider democratic is “not reasonable,” adding that he is working with Mexico and other governments to stem the flow of arrivals at the U.S. border.

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