Maquiladora

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Maquiladora

A factory in Mexico established by a U.S. company to make finished products and ship them to the United States. Maquiladoras are close to the U.S. border with Mexico. They are controversial in the United States because they are thought to take away jobs from Americans who otherwise would have manufactured the products. They are also controversial in Mexico because they are thought to exploit Mexican workers. NAFTA made maquiladoras more cost effective. In the mid-2000s, maquiladoras accounted for more than half of U.S.-Mexican trade. A maquiladora is also called a maquila.
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If the maquiladores are the vanguard of what NAFTA will bring, they do not portend well for the workers of Mexico, Canada, or the United States.
We know this already from the recent experience of Mexico with its corporate maquiladores and investment "reforms," and from the effects of the Free Trade Agreement between the United States and Canada.
Traditionally an agricultural area, VVISD's close proximity to McAllen and nearby maquiladores or 'twin plants' have led to increased residential development in recent years, which has in turn fueled rapid enrollment expansion approximating 10% annually since fiscal 2001.
Traditionally an agricultural area, the district's close proximity to McAllen and nearby maquiladores or 'twin plants' have led to increased residential development in recent years, which has in turn fueled rapid enrollment expansion approximating 10% annually since fiscal 2001.
By expanding into Guadalajara, we are addressing the networking needs of many local factories, maquiladores, that manufacture everything from computers and autos to TVs and clothing," observed Hans van Luit, Managing Director of Infonet Servicios de Comunicaciones S.