The Political Economy Of North America

1772 WordsDec 5, 20158 Pages
Abstract 1986 was a pivotal year for the political economy of North America. During that year, some significant events took place that resulted to the beginning of a new era. In Mexico, a new political leader exerted the country towards entering the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. Mexico made an alliance with the United States that would ultimately create a free trade zone stretching from Central America all the way to the North Pole. Rather than incorporating the movement of workers of North America into the alliance, the United States insisted on controlling its borders unilaterally in order to prevent the integration of its labor markets. This event lead to Congress passing the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Many of the immigrants entered America in search for work and a better life. As the immigration population increased, American citizens began to worry about the economy and their jobs, safety, and their health. The Porous Mexican Border The 700-mile-long fence that was constructed along the United States-Mexico border less than a month before the nation’s population hit the 300 million mark, was not a coincidence. The United States Congress knew that there was a dramatic change in the face of the United States since the population hit 200 million in the year of 1967 and therefore voted to approve a bill, (HR 6061), that would limit immigration (Kesler and Bloemraad, 2010). Immigration has had a significant impact on many aspects of
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