Mexicans say changing NAFTA may force them to move to U.S.?

What if any are your thoughts on this? Mexicans say changing NAFTA may force them to move to U.S. By Franco Ordonez, McClatchy Newspapers Mon Mar 3, 6:17 PM ET Mexico has gained because of NAFTA, according to Mexican Economy Secretary Eduardo Soto . He told a gathering last week of U.S., Canadian, and Mexican representatives that the Mexican economy has grown 51 percent because of NAFTA, that nearly 5 million jobs have been generated and that exports to the U.S. and Canada have multiplied five times. "The trade act is good because we have jobs," he said Sunday, speaking loudly over the clamor of hundreds of workers hauling fruits and vegetables off rumbling trucks. "If there are no jobs, more people are going to go to the U.S. I have so many friends who can't find jobs and leave." Jesus Velasquez doesn't want to move to the United States . He fears, however, that he may have to if he loses his job selling avocados. Velasquez, 36, says he and his family have benefited from the North American Free Trade Agreement. For him, the alternative is to immigrate to the United States . "People are worried," said Gerardo Peralta , 55, who sells rice, nuts and condiments. "If the U.S. tries to renegotiate, they are going to do what's best for them. That could be bad for Mexico . "As representatives of the Mexican government, we do not want to insert ourselves into the U.S. political campaigns," he said. "However, we are convinced that what North America needs is more integration and not less integration. North America needs to look to the future and not return to the past." As voters in Ohio , Texas , Rhode Island and Vermont prepare to go to the polls Tuesday, some workers and distributors at this 800-acre food market, one of the biggest in the world, are expressing concern about presidential candidates Hillary Clinton's and Barack Obama's threats to pull out of NAFTA unless it's renegotiated. NAFTA is unpopular in Ohio , a key battleground state for Clinton and Obama, where thousands of manufacturing workers have lost jobs. Several vendors at the Central de Abasto food market said NAFTA isn't perfect. Prices on many products have risen, and many corn farmers said they've been run out of business because of the influx of cheaper American grown corn. But overall, they say, NAFTA has been good for the country, and they worry what changes the U.S. would seek should it return to the negotiating table with Mexico and Canada .

Asked By: ervin_parker - 3/3/2008
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I'm all for International Trade Agreements, as long as they DO NOT take jobs from American workers and companies. This old stuff of the United States buying goods from all over the world and no one buying our goods or services is out of control. We give aid to every country that puts their hand out and all they want is... More
Answered By: Lewis L - 3/3/2008
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hillary building her future voting base
Answered By: benedict_kerry2004 - 3/3/2008
I think it's time to scrap NAFTA so they can't use it as an "excuse" anymore.
Answered By: BillyBob - 3/3/2008
repeal NAFTA and close the borders!
Answered By: Jess - 3/3/2008
excuses , excuses it's not very popular in Texas either
Answered By: Robert F - 3/3/2008
What country are you in? Are you blind? Do you live under a rock? nafta has nothing to do with it. mexico has taken our jobs and they are still pouring over the border. i live in battle creek mi. a town built around kelloggs and post cereals. kelloggs mexican president moved kelloggs to mexico. and our ILLEGAL mexican... More
Answered By: dowdit - 3/3/2008
Another smokescreen and empty threat. Why can't Jesus move elsewhere in Mexico? What compels him to sneak into our country, breaking our laws as soon as he sets foot here? If we really wanted to help the Mexican people we'd go do for them what we're doing in Iraq, remove a corrupt and oppressive regime and replace it... More
Answered By: jazzfan - 3/3/2008
What about that North American Union and the Amero .?
Answered By: 14/88 Stand Tall - 3/3/2008
In any trade agreement there are some winners and some losers on both sides... More
Answered By: acablue - 3/3/2008
Well the answer then is so simple. Borders can stay open. No need for a fence. Just fine the holy F*(K out of the companies that higher i****************s. It will save money on the fence and then we don't have to worry about the repercussions of revising NAFTA. Wait scratch that still build the fence :)
Answered By: jeffrey_bowling19 - 3/3/2008
B.S... More
Answered By: Daniel F - 3/4/2008
Mexico has gained from NAFTA. They are a group that wants but doesn't contribute. My brother is a truck driver and Mexico now wants U.S. to allow it;s trucks more freedom. Luckily we blocked it because their trucks don;t meet the current standards. The agreement has hurt a lot of U.S. companies due to more competition... More
Answered By: cma1lmk13 - 3/4/2008
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