Canada and Mexico Reassure US About NAFTA Benefits

Canadian and Mexican senior officials expressed frustration with current American doubts about free trade, and said the benefits for the three countries should always be remembered during the current NAFTA renegotiation, the Associated Press reported Wednesday (21/2).

Canadian Ambassador to the United States David MacNaughton told a meeting of business and academic leaders at Arizona State University that better messages are needed to eliminate US concerns that the three countries successfully reorganize the North American Free Trade Agreement that has been in effect for 25 years .

He said the three countries should recognize that they can benefit by lowering tariffs and other barriers to international trade.

Ambassador Mario Chacon of Mexico promoting foreign trade and investment, told the group that the cause of the loss is largely American jobs is the result of technology, not free trade. "We lost our jobs because of robots, machines," Chacon said, adding that every country needs to train workers to fill new jobs in a developing economy. [as/al]

Immigrants Give Extraordinary Benefits to America

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in Mexico on Friday that immigrants contributed immense value to America, but added that the American government did not have good discipline in organizing people who entered America.

Done meeting in Mexico City with Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Vidgaray and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, Tillerson told reporters that the United States has been putting in place mechanisms for years to control immigration, but did not examine it to correct it.

"Let's make sure we have systems where we can know who's coming to America, "Tillerson said. He said immigration in America has become abnormal, which is why President Donald Trump encourages Congress to correct these deformities that have arisen over the years. "

The Mexican government has repeatedly expressed opposition to Trump's proposals to stop illegal immigration and demanding that Mexico pay for the border wall.

The differences in this issue did not cause Videgaray to shy away from praise for America. He said the relationship between the Mexican government and the Trump Administration was much stronger than that of former president Barack Obama.

Videgaray acknowledged that the two countries had differences, but he said we work closely together and we want to see results. [ps/jm]