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ICYMI: Rubio on Building a Pro-America Future in our Hemisphere

Apr 23, 2024 | Comunicados de Prensa

Building a Pro-America Future in our Hemisphere

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

April 23, 2024

National Interest

…Noboa, Bukele, Milei, Peña—add to this list Luis Abinader in the Dominican Republic, Dina Boluarte in Peru, Irfaan Ali in Guyana, and Rodrigo Chaves in Costa Rica. These names make few of our headlines, but they are at the helm of more than 120 million people and more than $1 trillion in GDP. And they are all willing to strengthen their U.S. partnerships.

I think it is in our national interest to reciprocate this willingness. Should we endorse these leaders wholesale? No…. Should we imagine they align with us on every issue? No…. Even so, we must recognize that success for these leaders begets success for us…. 

A safer hemisphere benefits the United States by reducing transnational crime and illegal mass migration. This is why I have introduced the bipartisan Western Hemisphere Security Strategy Act…, as well as the bipartisan Caribbean Basin Security Initiative Authorization Act….

The United States would also benefit from expanded collaboration with friendly nations on managed, outcome-oriented trade because they are rich in critical natural resources…. Latin America and the Caribbean provide valuable opportunities for nearshoring [manufacturing], too….

[In addition,] we should stop exporting progressive social values that are controversial even inside the United States. And,…we need to be more supportive of our neighbors when they signal a willingness to work with us, as opposed to China….

[O]ut of all the regions in the world, our own region has received the least consistent attention from U.S. policymakers. This cannot continue if we want security, prosperity, and freedom to win out in the Western Hemisphere….

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