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A policy to strengthen the prosperity of the American people and secure U.S. borders acknowledges that North America is the cornerstone of our own industrial competitiveness... linking USMCA with Central America – Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)— will contribute greatly to breaking the vicious cycle of poverty, rampant crime, and institutional weakness in the Central American region that is driving much of the recent irregular immigration to the United States.

This essay is part of the series, "Strengthening North American Ties - A Must For Competitiveness," by the Wilson Center's Mexico and Canada Institutes. 

About the Author

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Matthew Rooney

Director, Outreach and Strategic Partnerships, George W. Bush Institute

Mexico Institute

The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by Luis Téllez and Earl Anthony Wayne, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute.   Read more

Canada Institute

The mission of the Wilson Center's Canada Institute is to raise the level of knowledge of Canada in the United States, particularly within the Washington, DC policy community.  Research projects, initiatives, podcasts, and publications cover contemporary Canada, US-Canadian relations, North American political economy, and Canada's global role as it intersects with US national interests.  Read more