Central American crime a growing U.S. problem

Why it's time to step up transnational anti-gang efforts


My Opinion: In a May 23 campaign speech in Miami, Obama rightly stated that "The Merida Initiative does not invest enough in Central America, where much of the trafficking and gang activity begins." I agree. But it's also time to step up transnational anti-gang efforts, take stronger actions to prevent U.S. arms trafficking, and change the focus of U.S. anti-crime measures toward more education and crime prevention programs. Increasingly, crime in Central America has become far more than a local issue. Increasingly, it's a U.S. problem.

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ABOUT THE WRITER

Andres Oppenheimer is a Latin America correspondent for the Miami Herald.

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