The Role of the U.S. in the Third World in the Year 2000

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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...