March 10, 2013

THE FINAL FREEDOM...:

Taking a Nafta Approach to Immigration : If workers were allowed to move freely in North America, the 'path to U.S. citizenship' problem would fade away. (ARGEO PAUL CELLUCCI And STEPHEN R. KELLY, 3/10/13, WSJ)

Take the final logical step of the North American Free Trade Agreement--and allow the citizens of the U.S., Canada and Mexico to work legally in any of the three countries, making the U.S. border as open to workers as it has been for nearly two decades to goods and investment.

In one market-based move, which President Obama could negotiate with America's Nafta partners and submit to the Senate for ratification, the U.S. could solve a huge part of its immigration problem while breathing new life into North American trade.

When Nafta took effect in 1994, it was a precedent-setting regional trade agreement that created the largest free-trade area in the world. Merchandise trade between Canada, Mexico and the U.S. has more than tripled since 1994 and now exceeds $1 trillion annually, or more than $3 billion a day.

The U.S. sells more goods to Canada alone than to all 27 countries of the European Union combined. Nafta-facilitated foreign direct investment has also soared over this same period, with two-way U.S.-Mexican investment alone more than quadrupling from 1994-2011.

For all its benefits, however, Nafta did little to facilitate the movement of people. 


...is the free movement of people.
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