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Why doesnt the US talk about topics other than drugs and immigration with Latin American countries? doesnt it make sense to talk trade?

Whenever we hear about US foreign relations with Latin American a lot of the dialogue is about drugs and immigration. There is a great emphasis placed on combating the drug trade and it seems like every American administration bases foreign policy with LatAm on combating the so called ¨war on drugs.¨ The topic of illegal immigration is grouped with the topic of drugs and it seems like these are the only topics the US is ever interested in talking about.

Now that almost all significant economic growth is based in emerging economies, wouldn´t it be smarter to change the discourse to one of trade and investment? is there no interest amongst the American public to engage Latin American countries in dialouge that can lead to mutual beneficence?


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