Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)

The Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) is an expansion of NAFTA to five Central American nations (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and Nicaragua), and the Dominican Republic. It was signed May 28, 2004 and passed through the U.S. House of Representatives by one vote in the middle of the night on July 27, 2005.

After more than a decade of CAFTA, countries in the region have faced hardship for workers and farmers, corporate attacks on health and environmental laws, political instability, and deplorable human rights conditions.

President Trump is scapegoating Latin American immigrants for the economic insecurity facing many Americans with his racist attacks and xenophobic obsession with building a wall along our southern border. But it is the same U.S. trade policies that harm working people in the United States that also have left many in Central America with no option but migration as they struggle to feed and care for their families.

CAFTA is based on the failed neoliberal NAFTA model, which has displaced family farmers in trade partner countries, exacerbated the "race to the bottom" in labor and environmental standards and promoted privatization and deregulation of key public services.

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