President Biden’s first phone-calls to foreign leaders went to Justin Trudeau (Canadian PM) and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (Mexican President) at a stressed moment for American relationship with its North American neighbor-countries.
American people are still waiting on COVID-19 relief, including $600 stimulus checks, from the US government. However, Americans may be shocked to learn that President Biden is reportedly offering $4bn to Central American nations for growth.
Canadian PM publicly expressed disappointment over Biden’s decision to issue an administrative order to halt Keystone XL pipeline construction. The long-disputed project was expected to carry some 800000 barrels of oil daily from Alberta’s tar-sands to the Texas Gulf Coast. However, the pipeline passes through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma City.
A senior Canadian official told The Associated Press that Biden told Justin Trudeau that he was succeeding through a campaign promise to halt the pipeline construction by issuing the executive order. The Canadian official spoke in a state of anonymity to debate the private conversation.
The White House stated that Joe Biden acknowledged Justin Trudeau’s disappointment with his Keystone pipeline decision.
On Saturday, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that Biden told him the US would send $4bn to help development in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. These are the countries passing through sufferings raised tides of movement through Mexico toward the United States of America.
Several Americans have not received their $600 stimulus checks, approved as part of the $900 billion relief bill passed in December 2020. Whereas some Americans have received checks, the rollout is still ongoing.
Joe Biden wants to Deliver a Massive COVID-19 Relief Package
Joe Biden’s third relief-package would include $1400 checks for people. But a bipartisan team of senators was unwilling to accept Biden’s $1.9tn COVID-19 relief proposal during a call with White House officials. Moreover, the bipartisan group raised concerns that the measure provides too much money to high-income Americans.
Biden wants a massive relief plan that includes $20bn to accelerate vaccine distribution and a $15-an-hour minimum wage increase. Moreover. It consists of an extension of additional unemployment benefits by the end of September. A one-time $1400 stimulus check, a provisional expansion of the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit are also the entries of Biden’s plan. Biden’s massive plan also includes $350bn in new funding for state and local administrations.
Joe Biden assured that border-wall construction would not continue under his management, and critics say his immigration bill encourages Central American migrants to cross the border without papers.
In earlier January, thousands of migrants clashed with Guatemalan officials while continuing the journey towards the American border. An estimated 6000 to 8000 migrants have entered Guatemala over the weekend. According to Reuters, only around 3000 Guatemalan authorities gathered to tackle the group in the Sunday-morning clash.
Former US President Donald Trump intimidated to cut aid to Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras for doing nothing about migrant groups in 2019 after vowing to give them billion dollars in 2018.
A month later, Mr. Trump announced that the aid was reestablished after the nations reached immigration agreements with the United States.
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