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NAFTA overhaul – Mexico is a trade partner, not competitor

Cars wait in line for inspection at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales. The port underwent a $250 million upgrade but some trade groups say it has not lived up to its promise. (Photo courtesy of Customs and Border Protection)

We have less than 90 days to communicate to our federal elected officials in the U.S and in Mexico about the potential “modernization” of NAFTA. In a worst-case scenario, the erection of new trade barriers could disrupt key U.S. and Mexican industries for years to come and force consumers to pay more for big-ticket items.

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Immigration reform poses challenges along two borders (access required)

Farmer Jim Bittner inspects some of his apple trees at his orchard in Appleton, N.Y. Bittner’s 400-acre farm has several lots that border Lake Ontario, with Canada on the other side of the lake. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Molly J Smith)

Immigration laws passed by Congress will inevitably impact farmers on the US borders with Canada and Mexico. They will be on the front lines if a new immigration reform act authorizes more access to private property for patrols, more boots on the ground, more surveillance drones in the air and more regulation of agricultural workers in the fields.

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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.

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