NPR Discovers NAFTA Really Boosted Illegal Immigration

NPR Discovers NAFTA Really Boosted Illegal Immigration

“The North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA, turns 20 next week. Hailed as a boon for regional trade, it had some undesirable effects. It hastened a trend away from small farmers, and speeded illegal immigration to the U.S.” says NPR.

“The big wave in illegal immigration from Mexico began in the 1980s. But it picked up strongly after NAFTA. That wasn’t unexpected. Philip Martin predicted it before the trade agreement passed. But Martin – a UC Davis professor who’s long been studying migration – was surprised by how soon and how big the wave came after NAFTA.”

Deportation Fear Cited in Lack of Obamacare Signups

“Enrollment numbers aren’t in yet, but the Obama administration already knows it has fewer Latinos signed up than it would like. One of the reasons they’re not enrolling? Immigrants worry personal information submitted under the Affordable Care Act could be used to deport someone in their family,” National Journal writes.

“The issue is especially critical in California, which has a big Latino population and has employed one of the most vigorous public-outreach campaigns in the country.”

Amnesty Push May Wait Till After GOP Primaries

CBS News has an article about the push for amnesty coming next year. “John Feehery, a Republican strategist a­nd former congressional aide, said getting immigration done will be important for the GOP in the long run if they can do it on their own terms – in a series of shorter bills. But he also predicted that legislation won’t move for several months until the primaries for the 2014 elections have concluded House members will less concerned about challenges from the right.”

DOJ Says Detention Documents Hard to Produce

“Federal prosecutors say they can’t meet a judge’s demands they quickly deliver documents about thousands of immigrants who’ve been detained nationwide for months or years as their immigration statuses are reviewed.
The office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara laid out the government’s position to U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman in a letter made public Wednesday,” Fox News reports.

“The letter, dated Tuesday, came five days after the judge criticized the government, saying it had been on notice since the American Civil Liberties Union requested the documents nearly five years ago. The ACLU eventually filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in Manhattan federal court in 2011 seeking documents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”


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Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


  1. avatar
    cynthia curran on

    NAFTA a factor but its overstated, why because millions came in the 1980’s before NAFTA. In fact Mexicans could have went to the larger Mexican cities and sell things form push carts like they do in Los Angeles instead of heading north. NAFTA is use by the left as an excuse why illegal immigrants should be in the US because we destroyed the corn jobs. Mexicans were already 3 to 4 million in the US illegality in 1990 which is 4 years before NAFTA. California illegal immigration number was already 1.5 million in 1990 and Pew has a range of 2.4 to 2.8 currently for California. In fact Mexico also has large farms that could have absorbed more of the rural poor but they choose to hire Central Americans instead for cheaper labor. rather than Mexicans. Mexicans choose to come to the US mainly because the wages are higher rather than a lack of work at home since they could have peddled food in the large cities like they do in American cities whey they can’t get steady work..

    • avatar
      DanIt makes Jones on

      Agreed…NAFTA has nothing to do with the illegals…………………it is actually more to do with the legal people where one of us will have to fight for a let’s say…engineering position vs a Canadian…….in this case the Canadian might be cheaper, i.e., no illegal here……….PEOPLE your hate and discrimination against illegals are making your critical thinking be of that of an APE.

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    There Were So Many Things Wrong with NAFTA

    1. Shipping our jobs away to Mexico.
    2. So Mexico could lose all those jobs to China.
    3. Then the IA invasion into America.

    I’m sure the article doesn’t word it this way, but that’s what happenned.

    • avatar
      DanIt makes Jones on

      The day Mexico loses those jobs to China, your future/our will be doomed…….

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