Protesting NAFTA

Brent Finnegan -- February 25th, 2008

Charlottesville’s Daily Progress has a story about a group from the Valley and Central Virginia that plans to make a trip to Mexico this April, and cross the desert back into the U.S. The group hopes to raise awareness of unfair trade policies that they say help fuel illegal immigration.

Group members said they want to protest what they view as an unfair targeting of illegal immigrants in Virginia and elsewhere and to demonstrate their opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement […]

Patrick Lincoln, a Harrisonburg resident who plans to go on the trip, said he wants people to ask “why.”

“I think this action is a way to remind myself and my community that there are real problems that we face, but that those problems aren’t coming from recently arrived immigrants,” Lincoln said. Lincoln wants people to ask, “Why would this group of … white folks cross through the desert? Why would they do that?”

“It’s more of sort of a symbolic risk that we’re taking in order to draw attention to the very real risk immigrants have to take every day,” he said.

Drawing attention to the humanitarian issue is part of the group’s goal, Winder said. But its members also want to get at larger issues, particularly NAFTA. They say the early ’90s trade agreement has driven down wages in both the United States and Mexico and caused many Mexicans to seek jobs in the United States, often illegally.

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