President Bush says the Mexican workers are coming to America to take jobs, Americans will not take. He leaves out a big part of the issue. Mexico reports a low unemployment rate just like the U.S. does. The rates are apparently a mirage on both sides of the border. Even knowing this , there are jobs in Mexico which Mexican workers will not take.
Instead of being on the same page, Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez went after Lou Dobbs on some partial priorities and missed the boat. Here is the main issue behind illegal immigration and the creation of an underclass and working poor class in both countries. We need to start here......
The U.S. Federal Government, itself, sponsored the moving of factories outside the USA starting in 1956. It was supposed to be a temporary program to help out the Mexican and Central American economies while supplying cheaper goods for the American consumers. It was supposed to last only a year or two to jump start these economies. The program never ended. First it evolved into the Maquiladora Factories which used impoverished workers to make products for the American markets. Then manufacturers jumped on the opportunity to escape to Mexico with their "dirty manufacturing". These companies were able to enjoy cheap labor and no regulations at the same time. Less than 200 factories were moved in the next twenty years, but prior to the passing of the NAFTA trade agreement in 1993, there were more than 2,000 former US factories moved to Mexico. When President Clinton and a Democrat controlled Congress joined with the Free Trader Republicans and passed NAFTA, the number of factories moved to Mexico exploded to more than 4,000 factories being moved to Mexico. Soon after getting NAFTA passed, President Clinton had to rush billions of dollars to Mexico to save the peso.
In the end a working poor class was created in the USA who are now finding it more and more dificult to afford even the cheaper imports while an underclass from Mexico is flooding the USA trying to find a way to economically survive.
Now some of the factories are moving out of Mexico to China where workers will work for pennies a day.
This is what Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez and Lou Dobbs should have talked about instead of rapping each other for inane issues in comparison to this main issue of our times. Who said we had to compete like this in a global economic arena like gladiators? Has Globalization and Free Trade evolved in a natural economic way or have they been driven by powerful elite forces? We do not need any conspiracy theories to know they have been driven by these forces outside of any real democratic process.
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