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U.S. Pays over $16 million For ‘Return and Reintegration’ of Deported Central Americans

On August 15, 2016 the United States Agency for International Aid (USAID) made a direct payment for $16,813,000.oo to the International Organization For Migration Aid (IOM) for what is euphemistically referred to as “Return and Reintegration in the Northern Triangle” though the place of performance is El Salvador. 

Return is a euphemism for deportation.

 Reintegration, on the other hand, is not as straightforward a translation. In the context of US goals, reintegration means ensuring that those who are deported from the United States or Mexico do not attempt to come to the United States again. 

For those fleeing fatal violence, reintegration means death. 

Here are the project details: 

This almost $17 million aid payment is by far the largest the USAID agency has made to any of the Northern Triangle countries since the exodus of unaccompanied children and families began in 2014. 
What does it say about the United States’ priorities that its biggest payment in foreign aid has been to keep those it deported from returning to the United States? 

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