Greater trading relationships would strengthen Latin American economies. In turn, the United States would benefit, says Antonio Garza, former United States Ambassador to Mexico.
Strong economic ties across Latin America have weakened in recent years after a long period of concentration on the benefits of trade integration. Starting with the North American Free Trade Agreement in the early 1990s, trading relationships nations blossomed from Mexico to Chile to the United States. Former United States Ambassador to Mexico Antonio Garza shares his views on renewing those relationships, including greater leadership from the United States. From the U.S. perspective, a lessening of irregular migration would be one benefit of greater economic integration. Stronger Latin American economies would lead to more jobs and income for workers, creating less reason to leave home for the United States.