In the next decade, millions of youth will enter the Central American labor force, the rest will seek refuge in the U.S.
The Obama administration has determined that the American taxpayers should fund job training because the “high poverty and violence rates in El Salvador and Honduras prevent young people from learning the marketable, job-driven skills that can help them forge clear paths to decent jobs and greater economic opportunities.”
Considerable outrage in the U.S. has forced the Obama administration to do something other than invite cartels to traffic youth to the U.S., and as a result, it has finally determined that a “secure, stable Central America is in the interest of the United States. Creating real economic opportunity for that region’s most vulnerable youth is critical to achieving that goal.”
On Friday, Bureau of International Labor Affairs announced that it will spend $13 million towards this effort with a call for project proposals to help at-risk youth in El Salvador and Honduras develop marketable skills and secure good employment.
President Obama announced the new funding on Thursday as part of a $68 million commitment to the region’s youth at a town hall with young leaders in Kingston, Jamaica.
The Department of Labor project is one of three programs announced by President Obama to support youth in Central America and the Caribbean, which include $35 million from the United States Agency for International Development for a regional higher education program and $20 million for an education program in Guatemala that is part of a broader poverty-reduction program in the country from the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
The Millennium Challenge Corporation is a bilateral foreign aid agency managed by a chief executive officer, who is part of the nine-member Board of Directors. The Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, the U.S. Trade Representative, and the USAID Administrator serve on the board along with four private sector representatives.
It was established by the U.S. Congress in 2004.