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Run For the BorderVice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings$
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Steven W. Bender

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814789520

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814789520.001.0001

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A Giant Sucking Sound

A Giant Sucking Sound

(p.40) 3 A Giant Sucking Sound
Run For the Border

Steven W. Bender

NYU Press

U.S. corporate interests have long entered Mexico to extract its resources. Particularly within the last thirty years, corporate entries into the Mexican borderlands and throughout the interior of Mexico increased dramatically on many fronts, as evidenced by the growing number of exploitative maquiladora factories in border towns that extract cheap Mexican labor, tourist facilities in resort towns, retail outlets throughout Mexico such as Wal-Mart, and residential developments. Finally, the chapter addresses the days of unregulated Mexican border radio stations in the Wolfman Jack era. This chapter demonstrates that, in part due to NAFTA, corporate capital and trade in most goods are freely mobile within North America, particularly capital that moves south to cheap labor sources. In contrast, U.S. immigration policy purports to restrict the movement of labor toward jobs in higher-paying U.S. markets.

Keywords:   Mexico, maquiladora, NAFTA, border radio

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