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Latin America and the Caribbean: U.S. Policy and Key Issues in the 117th Congress [Updated February 10, 2022]   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Summary: "The United States maintains strong linkages with neighboring Latin America and the Caribbean based on geographic proximity and diverse U.S. interests, including economic, political, and security concerns. [...] U.S. Administrations have long supported democracy and human rights in the region, with a current focus on authoritarian governments in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, as well as democratic backsliding and corruption in other countries. In the past two years, support to help the region respond to the public health and economic impacts of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has become as a major U.S. policy component. The Biden Administration focused extensively on addressing the root causes of Central American migration during its initial months but has since fleshed out its broader approach toward Latin America and the Caribbean. The Administration's other priorities include efforts to promote public health and economic recovery from the pandemic; to work with partners to promote inclusive democracy throughout the region; to provide support to address Haiti's difficult humanitarian, security, and political challenges; and to engage more broadly with the region to address migration challenges. To advance those and other initiatives, the Administration requested nearly $2.1 billion in foreign aid for Latin America and the Caribbean in FY2022, nearly 16% higher than estimated FY2021 appropriations. The Administration also is providing significant supplemental pandemic-related assistance to the region, including, as of late January 2022, the donation of over 60 million vaccine doses."

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CRS Report for Congress, R46781
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2022-02-10
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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