#2020WCA: Senator Ben Cardin on Changing Hemispheric Relations

From fair trade to Venezuela, the Maryland senator gave an overview of how U.S. policies might shift or see continuity under the incoming administration of Joe Biden.


  • Ben Cardin, U.S. Senator (D-MD)
  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

"As we look toward engagement in our own hemisphere, it needs to be wrapped in the values that make for global commitments to good governance and human rights," said U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) in his remarks for the 2020 Washington Conference on the Americas virtual series final plenary session. Cardin gave an overview of the policies he believes will be directly affected by the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden, including a change in relations with Mexico and Central America, a Northern Triangle strategy that addresses both immigration and drug trafficking, and the expansion of fair trade policies. The senior senator from Maryland also highlighted issues for the next U.S. Congress to tackle, such as giving clarity to DREAMers and temporary protected status (TPS) for Venezuelans in the country, two issues that he noted already have bipartisan support.

The session was the final event of the 2020 virtual series. Learn more about the Washington Conference on the Americas signature program.