From Interactive Journalism:
In the last two decades, millions of Latin American immigrants have poured into all corners of this country – even remote places. Seeking refuge from economic and political instability in Latin America and real opportunities in a “meritocracy” like the United States (compared to the oligarchies of their homelands), these immigrants have an insatiable appetite for work and progress. However, absorbing this population will only slow down entreprenuership in developing nations, and it will not stop the hemorraging from these countries. U.S. immigration policies should go hand-in-hand with international diplomacy to get to the root of issues.
U.S. economic policies have historically plagued everything from the Tierra del Fuego to the Rio Grande. If NAFTA has really sunk Mexican agriculture, then President Barack Obama should take this into consideration when leveraging deals. Otherwise, the flow of undocumented immigrants will not stop with just one more legalization.The saga of displaced agrarians will likely continue with the signing of the Central American Free Trade Agreement. It’s time for a holistic economic policy with Latin America that keeps people happy at home.