19 Reasons Latin Americans Come To The U.S. That Have Nothing To Do With The American Dream. The conventional wisdom says that most Latin American migrants who come to the United States are looking for a better life, inspired by the "American Dream.
" And it's hard to deny that there's a lot of truth in that. But there's another side to the story -- people leave Latin America because life there can be very hard. Poverty, political instability and recurring financial crises often conspire to make Latin American life more challenging than in the U.S., a wealthy country with lots of job opportunities. Living on the northern side of the U.S. -Mexico border, it's easy to view Latin America as another world, isolated from the United States.
Here are 19 ways the U.S. government has helped spur immigration by making life harder in Latin America. Took over almost half of Mexico Colonized Puerto Rico in 1898 A member of the U.S. Getty Images: Demonstrators carry an oversized replica of a corn cob to protest the lowering of tariffs due to NAFTA. American intervention in the Middle East. United States foreign policy in the Middle East has its roots as early as the Barbary Wars in the first years of the U.S.'s existence, but became much more expansive after World War II.
American policy during the Cold War tried to prevent Soviet Union influence by supporting anti-communist regimes and backing Israel against Soviet-sponsored Arab countries. The U.S. also came to replace the United Kingdom as the main security patron of the Persian Gulf states in the 1960s and 1970s, working to ensure Western access to Gulf oil. Since the 9/11 attacks of 2001, U.S. policy has included an emphasis on counter-terrorism. The U.S. has diplomatic relations with all countries in the Middle East except for Iran, whose 1979 revolution brought to power a staunchly anti-American regime.
Recent priorities of the U.S. government in the Middle East have included resolving the Arab–Israeli conflict and limiting the spread of weapons of mass destruction among regional states. Background 10 Cases of American Intervention in Latin America. Politics With the current political crisis in Honduras, American (US) foreign policy is looking to soften its historic reputation in the region by largely deferring negotiations to Latin American diplomats.
While the Honduran economy relies heavily on remittances sent from the U.S., many are wary of American involvement at the state level. To help explain why, here is a list of ten previous instances of American involvement in Latin America. Note: This is NOT an endorsement of radical governments that have taken hold in some parts of Latin America whose adherence to democracy is often questionable, but rather a balanced historic perspective to explain anti-U.S. sentiment in the region. The Platt Amendment This addition to the Army Appropriations Act, submitted by Senator Orville Pratt (R-Ohio), set the stage for US-Cuban relations in the early 20th Century. The Independence of Panama Occupation of Nicaragua The Mexican Revolution Occupation of Haiti Operation PBSUCCESS Bay of Pigs Invasion.
History of U.S. Interventions in Latin America. Covert United States foreign regime change actions. The United States has been involved in and assisted in the overthrow of foreign governments (more recently termed "regime change") without the overt use of U.S. military force.
Often, such operations are tasked to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Regime change has been attempted through direct involvement of U.S. operatives, the funding and training of insurgency groups within these countries, anti-regime propaganda campaigns, coups d'état, and other activities usually conducted as operations by the CIA.
The United States has also accomplished regime change by direct military action, such as following the U.S. invasion of Panama in 1989 and the U.S. -led military invasion of Iraq in 2003. Some argue that non-transparent United States government agencies working in secret sometimes mislead or do not fully implement the decisions of elected civilian leaders and that this has been an important component of many such operations, see plausible deniability. Prior to Cold War