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Relations between the two border countries have only grown worse since Bush signed a law calling for construction of more than 700 miles of new fencing along the long border the two countries share.
Calderon has lambasted the fence — a mix of physical and high-tech barriers. He likens it to the Berlin Wall, and argues that both countries need to improve Mexico's economy to lessen the desire to seek work in the United States.
Before their talks, Calderon had a tough message for Bush: The United States must do more to solve thorny issues of drug-trafficking and immigration.
He was gentler at Bush's side, but with the same message.
NAFTA, not so good
* Changes in trade between the United States and Mexico since NAFTA went into effect have been determined primarily by factors other than the agreement.
* Without NAFTA, both U.S. exports to and imports from Mexico would have grown almost as much as they did with NAFTA, and they would have fluctuated almost identically to the manner in which they did with NAFTA.
* NAFTA has had a comparatively small, but growing, positive effect on U.S. exports to Mexico (ranging from 2.2 percent in 1994 to 11.3 percent in 2001) and a similar effect on U.S. imports from Mexico (ranging from 1.9 percent in 1994 to 7.7 percent in 2001).
* The effects of NAFTA on the U.S. balance of trade in goods with Mexico have been positive in most years, and very small in all years, since the agreement began. The decline in the balance since 1993 is completely attributable to the peso crash in late 1994, the associated Mexican recession, the prolonged U.S. economic boom from the early 1990s through 2000, and the Mexican recession in late 2000 and 2001 (with the effect of the peso crash itself--exclusive of the associated recession--being relatively minor).
Originally posted by Keyhole
Heck, just the other day some US citizens went over the boarder to help put out a brush fire and all "heck" (for want of a better word) was raised because of it!
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
So rather than having them run over the border and pick fruit for $2 an hour ...
Originally posted by SpeakerofTruth
Another question, what more does the U.S need to do? Hell, our damn jobs are already being off-shored to places like India and Mexico. It's sickening. The people of the U.S were warned by Ross Perot back in the late 80s what NAFTA and all of this free-trade stuff really meant for America. Guess what. He was correct!! Guess what else. Americans didn't listen.. Now we are paying the price and it's a steep price indeed.