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The Missing Link: NAFTA and Immigration Reform
There are an estimated 11.5 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., and, as Marco’s story demonstrates, there are many more who have lived in the States but are now back in their home countries. With U.S. Comprehensive Immigration Reform high on the current congressional agenda, it is crucial that we ground our understanding of the issue in people’s stories and lived experiences.
FACT SHEET: the Winners and Losers of Free Trade Zones
A report on the consequences of DR-CAFTA on Nicaraguan workers.
FACT SHEET: Free Trade and Forced Migration
December 20th, 2010
An overview of how free trade agreements like NAFTA and CAFTA drive immigration to the United States.
VIDEO: Food Insecurity and U.S. Foreign Policy
November 3rd, 2010
A short two-part documentary on food insecurity created by Mike Nuess, a Witness for Peace delegate to Nicaragua.
VIDEO: Migrating Towards Understanding
June 30th, 2010
See what a New York police officer learns about the roots of migration when he travels to Mexico in this WFP documentary.
POLICY ANALYSIS: How CAFTA and Immigration Policy Separate Families
May 21st, 2010
A combination of economic policies promoted by the United States and stringent requirements mean that many families are separated indefinitely.
DELEGATE TESTIMONY: Paola Gutierrez Galindo Discusses NAFTA's Influence on Immigration
November 16th, 2009
Hailing from Oaxaca, Mexico, Galindo holds a degree in Indigenous Law and focuses on the impact of migration on identity and family in Oaxacan indigenous communities. In this article she explains how immigration affects her home community.
VIDEO: What About Fair Trade Coffee?
October 23rd, 2009
Watch Nicaraguan coffee farmer Eddy Gutierrez Zavala share his experiences on a Witness for Peace speaker's tour.
October 21st, 2009
An estimated 4.13 million people have left Mexico since the decimation of over ten million farming jobs due to NAFTA and related economic reforms. This is one man's story.
October 7th, 2009
How was NAFTA has failed to live up to its promises of bringing growth and prosperity to Mexico?
DELEGATE ANALYSIS: the Human Faces of Poverty in Nicaragua
September 22nd, 2009
In Nicaragua, delegate Val Fillenwarth met people whose daily lives are affected by U.S. economic policy.
POLICY ANALYSIS: CAFTA Weakens Nicaragua’s Immune System
May 12th, 2009
CAFTA has increased Nicaragua's dependence on the United States. As dozens of textile factories move operations to Asia, tens of thousands of young Nicaraguan mothers find themselves suddenly unemployed and defenseless in the face of a global economic crisis.
March 25th, 2009
A report from the Nicaragua-based International Team.
POLICY ANALYSIS: How CAFTA Creates Impoverished Wage Workers
January 10th, 2009
An account of how U.S. economic policies have failed impoverished Nicaraguans.
POLICY ANALYSIS: How U.S. Policy Drives Immigration from Mexico
August 25th, 2008
Why are people like Fidel Santiago Martinez risking their lives to immigrate to the U.S.?
POLICY ANALYSIS: Hemisphere for Sale - An Epidemic of Unfair Trade in the Americas
June 15th, 2008
An overview of the impacts of NAFTA in Mexico and the threat of the expanding free trade model in the hemisphere.
BEHIND THE SEAMS: Maquilas and Development in Nicaragua
June 8th, 2008
An analysis of the labor rights crisis in the maquila industry, using Nicaragua as a case study.
FACT SHEET: U.S. Multinational Corporations in Colombia
June 8th, 2008
Multinational corporations have taken advantage of and participated in Colombia's long and complicated conflict to ease resource extraction.
FACT SHEET: Flowers and Labor Rights Violations
June 7th, 2008
If you stop and smell the roses, you'll find they smell like pesticide poisoning and poverty wages.
POLICY ANALYSIS: What CAFTA and Free Trade Agreements Really Mean in Nicaragua
April 11th, 2008
From food insecurity to labor exploitation to increased migration, a report on the impacts of CAFTA in Nicaragua.
POLICY ANALYSIS: Bush Promotes Free Trade in Mexico Meetings
April 2nd, 2008
An report by Robert Saper, a Witness for Peace International Team member based in Mexico.
POLICY ANALYSIS: Desarraigo Obligado
October 3rd, 2007
A Spanish-language guide to the connections between U.S. economic policy and immigration from Mexico to the United States.