While many pundits and politicians focus on the immigration debate by talking about closing down the U.S.-Mexico border, few care to confront the root cause of the issue: the failure of the NAFTA model to provide sustainable livelihoods for Mexican workers in Mexico.
Over a million Mexican farmers lost their livelihoods due to NAFTA-mandated agricultural policy changes in Mexico, while nearly everyone with a job in Mexico saw their real wages decline during the NAFTA-WTO decade. These are just some of the reasons why one-in-ten of Mexico’s citizens have made the often dangerous border crossing to the United States.
Please check this page regularly for the latest in U.S. Latino civil rights organizing around trade and immigration, to the hardest-hitting research connecting well-being in the United States to the opportunities available to our neighbors in the Americas and beyond.
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Public Citizen Factsheets, Reports and Memos
- Failed Trade Policy and Immigration: Cause and Effect (August 20, 2015)
- Trade Advisory Committees: Privileged Access for Polluters (December 1991)