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A recent investigation found that our border agents are being bribed by drug cartels and human trafficking groups. US Customs and Border Patrol needs to do more to find and fire compromised agents. If the union resists, Congress must empower CBP to fire agents without union interference.
The Cuban government is reaping the economic benefits of increased US tourism and the promise of more US investment. While President Obama and apologists for his policy hail trivial agreements on marine conservation and the availability of Netflix and Airbnb in Cuba as achievements, serious issues are swept under the rug.
If FARC commanders continue to enrich themselves with narco-dollars, they will have the means to buy the political influence they could not win on the battlefield. As their influence undermines Colombia’s political institutions and the rule of law, the expected peace dividend in the form of economic growth and foreign investment may fail to materialize.
My testimony to a Congressional subcommittee last week explains that Venezuela’s government is a major facilitator and beneficiary of illicit trafficking. For opposition leaders to succeed when they take control of the assembly in January, the United States and the international community must support them, rather than seek a policy that props up a narcostate for the sake of “stability.”