Total Cost: $1150 plus airfare
Total due: April 25, 2013
Deposit due: March 25, 2013
WFP Southeast and the Student Action with Farmworkers on a Delegation to
immigration reform is one of the most important social justice issues facing
our country. Economic inequalities, fueled by US free trade agreements, compel
many Latin Americans to travel north. In 1994, the
U.S., Mexico and Canada implemented the North American Free Trade Agreement
(NAFTA). Mexicans were told that increases in trade, foreign investment and
exports would raise incomes and living standards. The agreement was supposed to
reduce migration, create more and better jobs, and reduce prices for goods.
These promises remain unfulfilled.
agriculture enables American corn to be sold at prices 30 percent below
Mexico’s cost of production. The influx of cheap subsidized grains under NAFTA
has resulted in the loss of at least two million farming jobs. The jobs created
by NAFTA to replace lost farming jobs are not sustainable. The average wage in
Oaxaca is 7 pesos an hour - about half a dollar. In Oaxaca, one small chicken
costs between 100 and 120 pesos – that’s 15 hours of work for one chicken.
food necessities are almost unattainable for most Oaxacans. Since 1994, the
cost of the basic food basket in Mexico has risen 60%. Since 2001, an estimated
third of manufacturing jobs created in Mexico have been lost as companies move
their production orders to countries with cheaper labor, such as China. The
number of Mexicans migrating each year to the U.S. has more than doubled.
Between 1990 and 2000, the number of immigrants living in North Carolina
increased by 274 percent.
this delegation you can expect to:
about the roots and realities of migration.
the impacts of U.S. and international policies on migration.
with migrants traveling north and those who have returned from the U.S.
with small scale and organic farmers, and visit a Zapotec women’s weaving
with a Oaxacan state agency that provides legal and other services to migrants.
rural Mexican life and hospitality during a homestay.
the most effective ways to work for just immigration reform.
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