*Why you should read this: Because ending NAFTA is not as cut-and-dry as it sounds. Because tens of thousands of U.S. workers, many of them Latinos in manufacturing, would lose their jobs due to higher import tariffs. VL
By Rafael Bernal and Mike Lillis, The Hill (4.5 minute read)
As President Trump moves to enact his campaign proposals on international trade, Hispanic leaders are worried Latino workers could be the first to feel the effects.
Many of those workers live in states and are employed by industries dependent on exports, and leaders say upending those ties could be devastating.[pullquote]40 percent of the value of finished products exported by Mexico is actually American parts or input.[/pullquote]
Of the 57 million Latinos in the United States, about 25 million live in California and Texas, two states whose economies rely heavily on exports to North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners.
In 2015, Texas exported $248 billion worth of goods and services, of which $92 billion went to Mexico and $25 billion went to Canada, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. California exported $165 billion; $27 billion to Mexico and $17 billion to Canada.
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