HomeNewsAnalysisWeekly InSight: The Trump Card, How US Policy Shifts Could Impact LatAm Security
ANALYSIS

Weekly InSight: The Trump Card, How US Policy Shifts Could Impact LatAm Security

EL SALVADOR / 12 MAY 2017 BY INSIGHT CRIME EN

In our May 11 Facebook Live discussion, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa spoke about InSight Crime's coverage of shifting US policies toward Latin America, and how these changes could impact organized crime and security in the region.

The conversation opened with LaSusa laying out the bottom line of InSight Crime's recent reporting on proposed changes in US foreign aid to Latin America, including the potentially negative effects of proposal by the administration of President Donald Trump to slash economic assistance to the region. Silva then explained how cuts to development aid in the most recent congressional budget could specifically impact security in Central America.

The two also discussed how plans to hire thousands more immigration and border patrol agencts could increase corruption in those agencies, while paradoxically making human smuggling even more profitable for crime groups. They also discussed how Trump's promise to build a wall along the US southern border will likely do little to stem undocumented migration and drug trafficking.

Silva and LaSusa also discussed some continuities between Trump's administration and that of his predecessor, Barack Obama. In addition to bringing several key Obama-era officials into his administration, Trump also appears poised to continue his predecessor's policy of putting pressure on Mexico to clamp down on undocumented migration and drug trafficking in its territory.

Silva and LaSusa wrapped up the conversation by talking about the many yet-unanswered questions about Trump and the US Congress, including their stance on the Colombian government's peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia - FARC) and the level of cooperation and support other countries in the region will provide to the United States under the controversial new administration.

Watch the Facebook Live broadcast for the full conversation:

share icon icon icon

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

BARRIO 18 / 23 MAR 2016

Authorities in Honduras have deployed military forces to a neighborhood threatened by the Barrio 18 street gang, but the soldiers'…

SECURITY POLICY / 6 SEP 2013

The governments of Central America have announced plans to create a regional body to centralize security initiatives, a move that…

BARRIO 18 / 9 AUG 2017

A trial has begun in El Salvador against several officials for their alleged illegal activity related to a controversial…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Collaborating on Citizen Security Initiatives

8 JUN 2021

Co-director Steven Dudley worked with Chemonics, a DC-based development firm, to analyze the organization’s citizen security programs in Mexico.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Deepens Its Connections with Universities

31 MAY 2021

A partnership with the University for Peace will complement InSight Crime’s research methodology and expertise on Costa Rica.

THE ORGANIZATION

With Support from USAID, InSight Crime Will Investigate Organized Crime in Haiti

31 MAY 2021

The project will seek to map out Haiti's principal criminal economies, profile the specific groups and actors, and detail their links to elements of the state.

THE ORGANIZATION

We Have Updated Our Website

4 FEB 2021

Welcome to our new home page. We have revamped the site to create a better display and reader experience.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Events - Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…