The Biden administration must learn from the mistakes of previous US interventions in Central America if it hopes to succeed in stemming migration with development aid, Amelia Frank-Vitale (Mexico, 2012-14) and Lauren Heidbrink write in In These Times.

“We have seen firsthand how ineffective ​’development’ is in addressing the needs of local communities,” they write. “Frequently, aid comes with ideological strings that hinder, rather than support, local efforts to reduce poverty, corruption and insecurity.”

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Photo: US Vice President Kamala Harris arrives in Guatemala, June 9, 2021 (The Office of the Vice President)