What does the UN NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) have to do with the crisis on the border today?
The North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, was the door through which American workers were shoved into the neoliberal global labor market according to Jeff Faux.
By establishing the principle that U.S. corporations could relocate production elsewhere and sell their products back into the United States, NAFTA undercut the bargaining power of American workers, which had driven the expansion of the middle class since the end of World War II. The result has been 20 years of stagnant wages and the upward redistribution of income, wealth, and political power.
Despite the rhetoric, the central goal of NAFTA was not “expanding trade.” After all, the United States, Mexico, and Canada had been trading goods and services with each other for three centuries. NAFTA’s central purpose was to free American corporations from U.S. laws protecting workers and the environment. Moreover, it paved the way for the rest of the neoliberal agenda in the United States: the privatization of public services, the regulation of finance, and the destruction of the independent trade union movement.
The inevitable result was to undercut the living standards of workers all across North America: Wages and benefits have fallen behind worker productivity in all three countries. Moreover, despite declining wages in the United States, the gap between the typical American and typical Mexican worker in manufacturing remains the same. Even after adjusting for differences in living costs, Mexican workers continue to make about 30 percent of the wages that workers make in the United States. Thus, NAFTA is both symbol and substance of the global “race to the bottom.”
NAFTA has adversely affected Mexico because it promoted GMO farming in Mexico, contaminating their corn crops, which is a staple food. US grain and food subsidies were used to lower the prices of US food, which flooded the markets of Mexico, wreaking havoc on them. Mexico was once food self sufficient, but now it spends 78% of its oil exports to purchase food from the US.
While not the only reason, the effects of NAFTA on the Mexican population is one of the reasons they are pouring across the border into the U.S. looking for a better life. Since October, an influx of nearly 100,000 migrants, mostly children, has made the dangerous journey north from Latin America to the United States border.
The UN in concert with Big-Pharma and the industrial Agricultural complex has all but destroyed Mexican agriculture similar to what they did to the American family farmer.
Both General David Petraeus and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., have woven into public speeches the theme of combining the United States, Canada and Mexico into a single, North American Union.
“After America, there is North America,” explained Petraeus, the former U.S. military commander and former head of the CIA, to a panel entitled “After America, What?” held at the Margaret Thatcher Conference on Liberty on June 18, 2014, hosted by the Center for Policy Studies in Great Britain.
In his presentation to the conference, Petraeus proclaimed the coming of the “North American decade,” a vision he explained was founded on the idea of putting together the economies of the United States, Canada and Mexico, some 20 years after the creation of North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.
Ultimately, the plan is to erase the borders between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This latest humanitarian crisis created by President Obama has effectively removed the border between Mexico and the U.S. under the globalist guise of “it’s for the children.” Remember that mantra? It’s back.