President Luis Guillermo Solís will met another U.S. Marine today, the second in less than a month.
Last Sept. 10, the visitor was Marine Gen. John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command. Today’s visitor is John D. Feeley, who is the principal deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Bureau of Western Hemisphere affairs. Feeley is a former U.S. Marine helicopter pilot, according to his biography with the State Department.
Felley moved into his current job in May 2012 and assumed responsibility for the daily management of regional policy implementation and the supervision of 50 diplomatic posts in the Americas, said the State Department. Earlier, while based in México,
he managed a 37-agency country team that implemented the $1.6 billion Merida Initiative, the department said..
Among other issues, U.S. officials think that Solís may begin to demonstrate softness on drug trafficking, in part because fighting drugs is so expensive. Traffickers, who have been using aircraft, now seem to have an advantage.
There also is the continuing problem of U.S. investors being blindsided by unexpected government reversals.
Although few Costa Ricans are part of the unprecedented youthful immigration from Central America to the United States, that issue is sure to come up. Illegal immigration from Costa Rica to the United States is mainly by adults seeking work.