The Borderlands - The Borderlands The term borderlands...

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The Borderlands • The term borderlands refers to the area of a common culture along the border between Mexico and the United States. Legal and illegal emigration from Mexico to the United States, day laborers crossing the border regularly to go to jobs in the United States, the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the exchange of media across the border all make the notion of separate Mexican and U.S. cultures obsolete in the borderlands. • The economic position of the borderlands is complex in terms of both businesses and workers. Very visible is the presence of maquiladoras on the Mexican side. These are foreign-owned companies that establish operations in Mexico yet are exempt from Mexican taxes and are not required to provide insurance or benefits for their workers. Pay at $1.60 to $2.20 an hour is considered very good by prevailing wage standards in Mexico. By the year 2000, an estimated 1.3 million Mexican people were employed in 3,600 maquiladoras. The emergence of factories
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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