NAFTA’s Impact on Texas


Texas History The Civil Rights Era and Modern Industries NAFTA's Impact on Texas
Students explore the basics of NAFTA. Then they summarize the benefits and problems with maquiladoras. Next they analyze graphs and determine which Texas industries have increased exports under NAFTA. Finally they weigh the pros and cons of NAFTA and take a stand whether it is mostly positive or mostly negative.

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In this experience, students explore the basics of NAFTA. Then they summarize the benefits and problems with maquiladoras. Next they analyze graphs and determine which Texas industries have increased exports under NAFTA. Finally they weigh the pros and cons of NAFTA and take a stand whether it is mostly positive or mostly negative.

Objectives:

  • Understand the impact of trade with Mexico on the production of goods and services in Texas.
  • Identify the goals of NAFTA and its impact on Texas.




Sign Near Border Crossing into the United States


Trade between Texas and Mexico has always been important. Almost half of all the trade between the United States and Mexico moves through the long border between Texas and Mexico. Throughout Texas history (until 1994), when goods were traded between the U.S. and Mexico, a tax on imported goods—called a tariff—was added to the cost of goods.

Objectives:

  • Understand the impact of trade with Mexico on Texas.
  • Identify the goals of NAFTA and analyze its impact on Texas.


Name a product that is manufactured in Mexico and imported to the United States.

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Students may be able to name specific imports like Ford trucks, or more general imports like oil. Today imports from Mexico include clothing, machinery, medical instruments, plastics, and agricultural goods.


Why do you think countries would want to impose a tariff on imported goods?

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If imported goods are more expensive due to the tariff, then people are more likely to buy products made in the home country.


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