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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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NAFTA an empty basket for farmers in southern Mexico

Moises de la Cruz shows ears of corn grown on his 7-acre plot of mountainous land 120 miles north of the Mexico-Guatemala border. De la Cruz’s family has been farming the land for generations, but in recent years costly requirements related to the North American Free Trade Agreement have made farming much more difficult. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Brittany Elena Morris)

Moises de la Cruz grows corn on a 7-acre plot of mountainous land 120 miles north of the Mexico-Guatemala border just as his father did and his father before him. He has never heard of the North American Free Trade Agreement but is profoundly aware that his life as a farmer has drastically changed over the past 20 years.

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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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