NAFTA NAFTA is the North American Free Trade Agreement. “Implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) began on January 1, 1994” (USDA). NAFTA includes United States of America, Canada and Mexico. “This agreement will remove most barriers to trade and investment among the United States, Canada and Mexico” (USDA). The agreement helped end tariffs on goods and services. “In Mexico, there is a saying: “Without corn, there is no country.” Under NAFTA, tariff-free imports of subsidized corn, wheat and other agricultural products from the United States have undercut Mexican farmers’ ability to make a living. The “free trade” pact is forcing Mexican farmers who do not benefit from government subsidies to compete against
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and Mexico borders. Most surround shanty town with little to no water and electricity. Maquilidora’s are good for the U.S., but in my eyes only big companies. They are able to outsource their work to a region where minimum pay wages that are not up to standard in North America. Business are able to undermined local farmers in and workers in the U.S. and are able to get what they want for relatively cheap. They help maximize profits to the companies and also without regulations that U.S has for the environment are able to bypass dumping laws and dumping in contaminated sewage and factory runoff which is running the surface and groundwater bordering U.S. and Mexixo. They are also able to bypass other regulations like in farming pesticides and chemicals that are banned in the U.S you can use in Mexico. Maquilidora’s take away a lot from workers in the U.S. who are trying themselves to have a good life just as Mexico’s maquilidora’s workers are to expect U.S. workers can’t help themselves since they can’t by U.S. law work for under minimum wage, while Maquilidora’s workers want to get paid better they infect are not and are doing the jobs of U.S workers for about close to nothing and they also work longer hours and days. This isn’t there fault but big companies in Mexico and Mexico government for allowing such business practices to keep on existing.
"North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) — ." USDA