One little-publicized aspect of the immigration reform issue is the role that American laws and policies play in driving impoverished Latinos to leave their homes. The 10 year old North American Free Trade Agreement is a case in point.
The downside of NAFTA is abundantly clear now, contends writer David Bacon, while the benefits that proponents of the policy predicted have not lived up to those expectations.
In the 1980s, organized labor in the United States lobbied against relaxed immigration policies, fearful that workers from Mexico and elsewhere would compete with Americans in the US job market. But since NAFTA took effect in 1994, says Bacon, many unions have come to view the immigration issue differently.
David Bacon will be speaking in Santa Rosa Friday evening at the Glaser Center. His 7 pm talk follows a book-signing that begins at 6