Sunday, March 30, 2008

NAFTA, Immigrants and the Discussion That Is Not Happening

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. Executive Editor
March 6, 2008 - BlackCommentator, Issue 267

[Bill Fletcher, Jr. wishes to thank David Bacon for the recent discussion that inspired this commentary.]

[...] This side of the NAFTA equation is critical to discuss because it helps us understand why hundreds of thousands of Mexicans chose to leave their homes and head north. Contrary to the xenophobic, anti-immigrant rhetoric many of us have heard, it was not because "everyone wants to be in America" but rather as a direct result of policies initiated by the USA and their allies in Ottawa and Mexico City.

I thought a great deal about this recently when I was moderating a debate on immigration within a labor union. [...]

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