Today, ASP COO Andrew Holland published an op-ed featured on InsideSources discussing the crisis at the border between Mexico and the US. Holland urged Congress to pass the US-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) free trade agreement, as this would both enhance security cooperation between the US and Mexico and improve economic conditions in the two countries.
Holland began by explaining how the people trying to cross the border are for the most part desperate families and minors running from crime and misery. He went on illustrating how criminal networks have been able to work undisturbed by taking advantage of the inevitable chaotic situation at the border.
Holland then described how the USMCA represents an updated version of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and cited, among the numerous benefits it would bring, modernization agreements that will enhance the growth of American businesses, and a renewed security collaboration between the two countries.
He also gave an interesting perspective on the ways in which the USMCA could be a useful means in the trade war with China:
“A thriving Mexican economy means that, instead of importing goods from China — a country noted for its unfair trade practices, the United States is importing more from Mexico. This is better for American workers because Mexican manufacturing largely uses American-made parts and technology.”
Finally, Holland encouraged the US and Mexico to continue their cooperation in the Merida Initiative, which “provides American aid to Mexican security forces in their battles against the cartels.”
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