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Watch: UN Debit Cards Being Given to US-Bound Migrants

•, By Dan Lyman

The United Nations is giving money to migrants bound for the United States in the form of electronic cash cards, according to reports.

Migrants at a U.N. office in Tapachula, Mexico, say payments are being loaded onto debit cards for them.

The stunning revelations were captured on camera by Todd Bensman, Senior National Security Fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies.

A man identified as a migrant from Haiti told Bensman he was expecting a disbursement of 3,600 Mexican pesos (~$175) for the month of January but it had not arrived.

"They haven't deposited to my account," the Haitian said before flashing a debit card branded with the logo of the UNHCR — the U.N. Refugee Agency.

A "significant line" of migrants was waiting outside the U.N. office, according to Bensman, including additional Haitians who claimed migrants from other countries were receiving more money than them.

In November, Bensman reported from a large camp in Reynosa, Mexico, where staffers were handing out debit cards to migrants on their way to the U.S.

"The IOM workers said a migrant family of four gets about $800 a month. I watched long lines of migrants get their UN debit cards," Bensman reported at the time.

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