12/9/12 The Atlantic
When President-elect Trump talks about scrapping the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), his argument rests on the notion that the agreement is one of the main culprits of job loss in the states. American companies, critics argue, have used NAFTA to send manufacturing jobs to Mexico—where labor is cheaper—leaving domestic workers unemployed. It’s true that companies have been enticed to send jobs abroad—but often this argument misses the fact that as some American firms moved work across the border, there’s also been reciprocity. Now, millions of American jobs are dependent on trade with Mexico, and Mexican corporations have created thousands of jobs in the U.S. New research from the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center, a nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, D.C., found that trade with Mexico creates approximately 4.9 million jobs in the United States.