The Role of the U.S. in the Third World in the Year 2000
The United States budget will continue to tighten and we must better utilize our dollars
spent on Third World aid. The questions of illegal immigration, the population explosion, and
environmental issues will become vital to our future. With closer linkage of US aid to these issues
we can get the most bang for our buck.
The best way to stop illegal immigration into the United States is not to erect higher
fences at our borders, but to invest in the third world, primarily Mexico. Providing jobs at home
where they enjoy life without worry about the INS is the best solution. This solution will be
cheaper than increasing funding for border patrols and INS personnel. If we were able to keep most
illegal immigrates home, the more impoverished they would become and the greater the incentive for
them to cross the border.
By investing and improving their homeland, more people would stay home,
rather than take the dangerous journey to an unknown country to provide food for their families.
Slowing down population rates of third world countries must be another priority.
Empowering women in third world countries, giving them independence from their husband and a choice
in birth control is a start. Smaller grants similar to Foundation of the Philippine Environment can
reward particular actions of foreign government, whether it be environmental, social or economic.
Too many of current policies are aimed at creating markets for our commercial interests.
We must also link aid with environmental issues, making the rain forest and jungles more
profitable to locals without bulldozing them. This has been demonstrated in Uganda with the
mountain gorillas. Eco-tourism is helping the local economies and the national governments. This
was also working in Rwanda until...