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Mexico Prepared to Modernize NAFTA, Wants Guest-Worker System

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

An ambassador of Mexico says the nation is prepared to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement and seeks to restart a guest-worker system. Mexico says restarting the guest-worker system could address concerns about illegal immigration. Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S., Carlos Sada (Sah-duh) said: “There is no need to fight each other,” according to the Arizona Daily Star newspaper. His comments come in response to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to renegotiate NAFTA. Those efforts, according to Mexico, could include renaming NAFTA and educating citizens of both countries on the benefits of the agreement. Sada also said the movement of workers across the border must be reinstated. He says many of the workers that have crossed the border have expressed a desire to return to Mexico and maintain their homes and families there. He says: “The circular migration of the past was broken, and that’s when the problems began,” adding “We need to re-establish the movement.”

From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.