Sherrod Brown: Illegal immigration is the fault of free trade
June 15, 2007 12:44 PM
His office emails me after I emailed them in opposition to the amnesty bill. He writes:
Unless we fix the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and enforce our own labor laws, we will continue to debate how high the fence should be and how many agents should guard our border with no real solution in sight. In 1994, the U.S. signed NAFTA, which promised, among other things, to help create a thriving middle class in. At that time there were 3 million undocumented workers in the U.S.; today there are more than 11 million. In , 9 million more live in poverty than when NAFTA was enacted. NAFTA has failed the U.S. and . By creating an atmosphere where Mexican citizens feel they have no chance of a successful life in Mexico, these ill-conceived trade agreements increase the number of illegal immigrants coming into our country.
But remember when NAFTA was passed and the complaint against it from liberal Democrats like Sherrod Brown was that it would send American jobs south of the border?
Meanwhile, it has now been nearly a month since I emailed Voinovich about the immigration bill, and I've yet to hear anything back. Of course that's not just me. He's refused to make a statement to ANYONE explaining what his position on the immigration bill is.