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NAFTA led to illegal immigration issues in AZ

Regarding the controversy over enforcing Arizona law on immigration, the roots of this problem began in 1990 with passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which permits American agro-corporations to export billions of dollars of taxpayer-subsidized corn to Mexico at one-third the price that small Mexican farmers charge.

Corn is Mexico’s main food staple. This difference in the corn price has resulted in the abandonment of more than 2,700 Mexican farms, which could not compete with the American corn prices. As a result, Mexican families were forced to leave the farms and migrate, mainly, to Arizona.

The solution is to repeal NAFTA. This would halt the corn exports to Mexico and restore the Mexican economy and Mexican farmers will return to their farms.

America failed to consider Mexican farmers’ economic hardships when NAFTA was approved and promoted by American corporations.

In addition, the other problem was that NAFTA created a Free Trade Zone on the Mexican side of the border, with the establishment of thousands of manufacturing plants to exploit cheap Mexican labor. This job-leaking to Mexico must stop to restore the American economy.

The repeal of NAFTA will stop the migration, stop the exploitation of cheap Mexican labor and stop the sale of cheap American-subsidized corn. Repealing NAFTA means America and Mexico will be able to achieve their economic goals.

NAFTA is a bad for both nations based solely on corporation profit over the needs and security of the people of the U.S. and Mexico.

— John N. Romano

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