The senator discussed meaningful U.S. engagement in the region, including Obama's $1 billion aid package for Northern Triangle countries. ... Play Video
After a recent trip to Latin America, U.S. Senator (D-VA) Tim Kaine spoke with COA Vice President Eric Farnsworth about U.S. foreign policy towards the region. Kaine discussed President Barack Obama's $1 billion aid proposal for Northern Triangle countries in Central America and how the package could be most effectively implemented. He warned that if the United States made no investment in the region, it would continue to see waves of unaccompanied minors. "If we make the investment the right way," said Kaine, citing Mexico and Colombia as examples, "then we would have some reason based on experience to believe there would be an outcome that would mean we wouldn't be spending $2.3 billion on the unaccompanied minors."
The senator also talked about the implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership—a free trade agreement under negotiation—for the region, as well as diplomatic relations with Cuba.