Most 2017). Mexico has also become a top exporter

Most of the impact of
this agreement was seen in Mexico. NAFTA had increased farm exports and and
also created many more job opportunities. The economy had revolutionized from a
domestic to an open trade. Public debt had decreased while inflation had
stabilized. In 2008 when the United States recession hit, Mexico was also
impacted but was able to bounce back much quicker (James McBride, 2017). Mexico
has also become a top exporter for beef, rice and beans. They’ve also beat out
Japan in vehicle exports to America by one point fifty-one million (NAFTA, 20
Years Later: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Costs?, 2014).

Canada has also been
greatly impacted by the North American Free Trade Agreement. Since 1993, their
United States and Mexican investments have more than tripled (James McBride,
2017).

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The United States have
since made other free trade agreements with multiple other countries in Asia
and Europe, as well as tripled their trade with both Mexico and Canada. Because
of the lower tariffs, the risk of inflation has decreased. American farm
exports has grown by one hundred and fifty-six percent to neighboring countries
(Amadeo, Advantages of NAFTA, 2017). Also, The United States output has also
rose by nearly sixty percent.

            Despite all the good NAFTA has brought, there have been multiple
bad things to arise as well. Poverty levels have remained at the same level since
1994 and working wages have not changed (James McBride, 2017). News began to
broadcast missing women in Ciudad Juarez, a Mexican city just across the United
States border. Known as “the capital of murdered women” to most, it is the
fourth largest city in Mexico (Nieves, 2002). As a result of NAFTA, many U.S.
companies have shut down their shops and relocated factories to Mexico. Wealthy
corporations like Philips, General Motors, and more offered low paying jobs
that attracted women from all over the country. This practice is known as the
maquiladora program which is an assembly line job. Many of the workers are
children, as young as thirteen or fourteen, taking home fifty-five dollars a
week (Nieves, 2002). It was said that since 1993, 978 murders have taken place,
and many of them were left unsolved (Schmall, 2011). The Mexican justice system
has failed to investigate further into the murders. Many of the women’s bodies
were found raped, murdered, and dumped in fields, ditches, or along the side of
the road. Many fought to call it what it was, a femicide and campaigning ‘Ni
una más!’ which means “not one more.” No
policies or actions have been taken by these companies to stop the
violence to the workers.

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