AMLO Questions US Aid to Ukraine over Central America

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) on Tuesday, March 22, questioned the U.S. Congress’s decision to allocate emergency funds for Ukraine wartime relief due to Russia’s invasion of that country while continuing to stall on  providing financial aid to Central America.

“The aid for Ukraine was approved in just two days, while support for our Central American brothers has already taken four years and is not yet approved,” AMLO said during his regular morning press conference,

He also questioned why the U.S. Congress has not passed a reform to provide legal status to more than 10 million undocumented Mexicans currently living in the United States.

AMLO, who has steadfastly refused to impose sanctions against Russia and who has only offered lukewarm criticism of Moscow for its criminal advance into Ukraine in blatant violation of international law, went on to ask, “Why are these resources not approved for Central America?”

“The amount that was approved for Ukraine was much greater than what is necessary to support the poor people of Central America and the Caribbean,” he said.

On Wednesday, March 9, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an aid package of $13.6 billion for Ukraine and its European allies with broad bipartisan support.

However, the U.S. Congress is very divided over a proposal to begin a citizenship process for 11 million illegal migrants, as well as the proposed disbursement of $4 billion of economic assistance to Mexico and Central America.

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