Santorum: The best way to solve boundary catastrophe

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Rick Santorum is a CNN senior political commentator and a former Republican senator from Pennsylvania. He sits on the Advisory Council of the US Global Management Coalition. The views expressed here are entirely his. View longer opinion articles on CNN.

(CNN)I spent eight years in the Senate Armed Services Committee standing up against those who would cut and run from battlefields — from Iraq to Afghanistan — where courageous Americans had put down their lives. I still believe that America is at its greatest when we protect minorities and Christians anywhere promote democracy, and distribute our values worldwide\. That is precisely why we need to address.

Rick Santorum

I didn’t always agree with Donald Trump when we ran to President. But I am glad he’s taken aim at the unacceptable status quo within our boundary. If our immigration laws are only words on a piece of paper, they are unworthy\. President Trump is appropriate to demand increased cooperation from our coworkers and — while I do not think shutting our southern boundary is finally the ideal solution for this geoeconomic, safety, and political dilemma — the specter of his threat to close the boundary and cut funding to the Northern Triangle may have been the jolt that’s been needed to achieve change. There and this moment to negotiate it can be seized by the Trump government.

It starts with accountability. The President is right: Governments at the Triangle — Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala — need to do more, and this can’t only be about stopping their citizens\. They have to fight the underlying systemic issues that are driving mass migration and caravans and also their leadership should go further, faster. It is not easy to fix countries mired in poverty. However they all can move to fortify the rule of law, fight corruption, and reform their processes. Economic reform is essential to increase revenue to fight with medications and lawlessness. Where the roads end, because the gangs start they will need to invest in their infrastructure that is modern.

    However in this grand bargain, the USA has a part to perform. The largest house in the block has to help direct the neighborhood watch.

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    America’s dedication to engaging the area fits an”America First” strategy, as it contrasts with the international policy perspectives I recommended in Congress. I had been in the House if the Medellin cartel assassinated judges and Colombian cocaine hauled onto the streets of Western cities. We helped to alter this. When we made possible Colombia’s journey in a failing narco-state into a market for American exports, manufacturers in my own home-state of Pennsylvania obtained. So did families. It eviscerates law authorities and busts budgets when poverty sends migrants to escape Central America. The national security and economic wealth of America do not finish at a border, although borders matter\.

    And does the influence of our adversaries: Russia is extending its tentacles not just in Venezuela in which it frees up intestine leaders, but also by Nicaragua into portions of the Northern Triangle. China includes committed to train 10,000 governmental elites in Latin America by 2020. They are using checkbook diplomacy to buy influence and disperse their ideology that is undemocratic, atheist. We will need to strengthen our ties at a neighborhood of values not just boundaries.

    Most financial conservatives agree it’s cheaper in the long run to be participated in both carrots and sticks. For eight years, President Obama was afraid to use a stick, and then he telegraphed his weakness to our adversaries in his hurry withdraw from battlefields from other parts of the world before the fight had been won. President Trump does not hesitate to become tough. In the end, though, that the President might want more carrots to fix this crisis.

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    After the enormous surge of migration in 2014, American investments needed a multiplier effect. After the US dedicated $750 million to the Northern Triangle countries three decades ago, these countries dedicated over seven days that amount — $5.4 billion in their own resources — to assist their own men and women. From 2017, together with American support, the Northern Triangle had improved safety and financial conditions and also border-crossing apprehensions were the cheapest they had been because 1971. But resources for these initiatives to fight gangs, corruption, and poverty are currently down almost 20% since 2016.

    Addressing the root cause of trouble is a much better investment than simply inheriting the wake, as we see today on our southern boundary. Foreign aid is crucial, and it is a bargain compared to the safety costs of having neglected states on our doorstep. Peru for many years has been led towards narco-state status, competing with Colombia to the name of #1 cocaine manufacturer on the planet. But the US State Department has gotten tough to the problem , combined with USAID, which in 2015 assisted families in Peru plant 19,000 hectares of cacao and coffee to offer you an option to farming medication of destruction. Exportable cacao production has skyrocketed.

      President Trump’s former chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly, who had been a SOUTHCOM Commander and four-star Marine overall, has said,”Should we can enhance the conditions, the whole large amount of lifestyle of Hondurans, Guatemalans, Central Americans, we could do an awful lot to defend the southwest border” He is tough on illegal immigration, however crystal clear tackling the poverty and violence is central to solving the boundary crisis.

      The President is correct to disrupt the status quo. Congress should follow suit. The crisis in much of South America and Central America is a result of negligence from policymakers in the past. Their disasters have led to our catastrophe in the southern boundary also, unless we behave, it will spread into the rest of the country. It’s time for Congress to provide the President the tools, including more resources, to craft a bargain with our neighbors that works for all the Americas.

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