Illegal Drug Production & Trade

In Middle America

Since 1997, the Coast Guard has seized an extraordinary 806,469 pounds of cocaine and 333,285 pounds of marijuana in transit from South America through the Caribbean, the primary drug route prior to the 1990s. The countries of the region have suffered various consequences of drug trafficking and US-led eradication and interdiction efforts. In production countries, these include environmental and community damage from forced eradication of coca crops such as aerial spraying and the funding of guerrilla insurgent groups through illicit crop cultivation and sale.

Women's Rights and Equality

Despite many successes in empowering women, numerous issues still exist in all areas of life, ranging from the cultural, political to the economic.Women often work more than men, yet are paid less; gender discrimination affects girls and women throughout their lifetime; and women and girls are often are the ones that suffer the most poverty. Women are powerful, and the way they are treated in American society does not show it.

Political Instability

Latin America is the 3rd most unstable region in the world. There were only Three countries that were consistently democratic over a thirty year period.(Costa Rica, Colombia, and Venezuela). The rest of the Countries had some sort of democratic to autocratic change. One example is Argentina: Had 18 Years of democracy, but changed in 2001 with food riots and overthrow of the Government. Many riots happened after new government took over. currency was devalued, restrictions on blank accounts. Second example is Ecuador: Involved in a recession when overthrow of the government happened. Natives were the ones who started the movement. The Military was involved. Government was corrupt-caused inflation, Jobs losses, and bank issues.

Illegal Immigration

Illegal immigration is the migration of people across national borders in a way that violates the immigration laws of the destination country. Illegal immigration has many social and economic impacts on the U.S. and Latin America. The number of illegal migrants in Latin America exceeds two million. 1,880,000 American workers are displaced from their jobs every year by immigration; the cost for providing welfare and assistance to these Americans is over $15 billion a year. In 2014, there had been reported 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States, 49% of which were Mexican. Six states account for 60% of unauthorized immigrants, these states are California, Texas, Florida, New York, New Jersey, and Illinois.