Many hundreds of thousands of Americans saw their good working-class jobs disappear once NAFTA took effect. And millions of Mexicans lost their ability to live off the land after cheap factory farmed corn from the United States displaced their crops in local markets. Not surprisingly, these farmers then migrated North risking death and deportation to find a means to support their families. Renegotiating NAFTA, you may remember, was one of Obama’s early first-term campaign pledges. Obama’s request for fast-track authority means he is seeking a “no amendments allowed” up or down vote to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with most of its NAFTA-esque flaws intact.
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