NAFTA increased mass migration to the United States

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Criterio | 8 August 2013

Freely translated by Anoosha Boralessa in March 2015; not reviewed bilaterals.org or any other organization or person

NAFTA increased mass migration to the United States

After Mexico, the United States and Canada signed the FTA, in the agricultural sector alone five million workers lost their jobs in Mexico and they were forced to migrate.

Statistics published in a commentary that the New York El Diario/ El Prensa published, indicate that after these three countries signed these agreements, in Mexico alone 5 million jobs in the agricultural sector were eliminated. Friday 9 August, 2013.

The idea that the free trade agreements the White House had so encouraged were a time bomb for the Americans, is proved correct now: millions of undocumented immigrants are making a national campaign to regularize their situation.

Statistics published in a commentary published by the New York El Diario/La Prensa indicate that after these three countries signed these agreements, in Mexico alone 5 million jobs in the agricultural sector were eliminated.
People had to emigrate to the north to be able to feed their families, pointed out the leading Spanish newspaper from the city of skyscrapers. It also noted that this massive influx provoked racist reactions aimed at preventing non-whites from forming the majority in the US.

The commentary questions one of the major challenges that now faces legal reform: the legalization of an estimated 11 million undocumented persons now resident in the country.

Also it indicates that the other problem facing undocumented immigrants is to support their children: “they have to work for pathetic wages and they have no rights.” These points are addressed in the Reform Plan that the Senate approved in June but which the House of Representatives is rejecting.

The commentary coincides with this Wednesday’s liberation of nine undocumented immigrants known as dreamers. They were arrested when they tried to enter the US from Mexico in open defiance of immigration laws.

The action of the five women and four men that entered Arizona on 22 July seeking asylum drew attention to the record number of deportations under the Obama Administration. This will now build the case for immigration reform that is under discussion in Congress.

According to Christopher Bentley, the spokesperson for the Agency for Migration and Customs, there are thousands of people in this situation and millions more that have been deported for whom they are fighting.

All these immigrants are part of the proclaimed “time bomb” that has been threatening to explode for some years as a consequence of a policy that far from helping, weakens many Latin American economies.

source: Criterio