Mexico and the U.S.
Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic)
Person InterviewedSmith, Peter H.
Zinser, Adolfo Aguilar
Examines U.S. relationship with Mexico, including economic ties and common problems such as immigration, drugs, debt and trade.
Despite high-profile debates over issues such as drug smuggling and illegal immigration, the United States and Mexico remain key trading partners, with the economic interests of both countries becoming increasingly intertwined over the past several decades. Between the 1960s and 1980s Mexico experienced a rapid growth of Maquiladoras, factories that take duty and tariff-free raw materials from the U.S. and return them as finished goods. For Mexico, this meant thousands of desperately needed jobs: for the United States, the ability to survive competition from foreign companies with access to cheap labor. However, despite these economic advantages, Maquiladoras have drawn condemnation on both sides of the border, with union leaders in the U.S. claiming the system takes jobs away from American factories, and Mexican critics saying it perpetuates their country’s image as an infinite pool of cheap labor. In this episode the growing economic interdependence of the United States and Mexico is examined, as well as the policy concerns of both the Mexican and American governments. Featuring professors Peter Smith and Adolfo Aguilar, with National Public Radio’s Jim Angle as contributing reporter.
Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
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