John McCain, R-Arizona, had expressed opposition to a withdrawal from NAFTA.
That sting was felt by those who saw the maquiladoras lined up along the border between the United States and Mexico. Meanwhile, those fortunate enough to get a job in these factories could begin to make their way up Mexico’s version of the economic ladder.
“There’s a point at which it is cheaper to import directly and forget about NAFTA”, says William Reinsch, a trade expert at the Stimson Center, a Washington-based think tank.
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