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What Trump Needs to Know About the Western Hemisphere

For the first time in a generation, Latin America appears to be moving in the right direction again.

Administration officials, congressional leaders and U.S. business executives are aware of this. The unspoken concern among many, however, is that the White House—wittingly or unwittingly—will do something that sidetracks the reform process.

That’s also a concern south of the border. The impression throughout the region is that President Trump’s only interests in the region are curtailing immigration, eliminating or severely restricting the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), and undermining Venezuela’s socialist dictator, Nicolas Maduro.

Alvaro Vargas Llosa is Senior Fellow at The Center on Global Prosperity at the Independent Institute. He is a native of Peru and received his B.Sc. in international history from the London School of Economics. His Independent Institute books include Global Crossings: Immigration, Civilization, and America, Lessons From the Poor: Triumph of the Entrepreneurial Spirit, The Che Guevara Myth and the Future of Liberty, and Liberty for Latin America.

From Alvaro Vargas Llosa
GLOBAL CROSSINGS: Immigration, Civilization, and America
The erosion of national boundaries—and even the idea of the nation state—is already underway as people become ever more inter-connected across borders. A jungle of myth, falsehood and misrepresentation dominates the debate over immigration. The reality is that the economic contributions of immigration far outweigh the costs.