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Tue Apr 13, 2021, 04:30 PM

'Predatory elite' also bear the blame for migrant crisis, NSC's Juan Gonzalez says

Many migrants who come to the U.S. border from Central America are doing so because of "a predatory elite" who are tied to a host of problems in their home countries — not because of President Biden's easing of Trump-era immigration policies, according to Juan González, a top aide to Biden on immigration.

"You have, frankly, a predatory elite that benefits from the status quo, which is to not pay any taxes or invest in social programs," said González, the National Security Council's Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere and a special assistant to Biden.

"Migration is essentially a social release valve for migrants," he said, adding that remittances from their earnings in the U.S. drive more consumption in their home countries.

At: https://www.npr.org/2021/03/26/981284187/predatory-elite-also-bear-the-blame-for-migrant-crisis-juan-gonzalez-says

White House National Security Council Western Hemisphere Senior Director Juan González.

He and Vice President Kamala Harris will be planning a regional anti-corruption task force – a move that would fulfill a Biden campaign promise - with the power to "freeze assets of individuals involved in money laundering."

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