In Texas' Border Towns Where NAFTA Succeeded, Many Wonder What Trump Will Do

LAREDO — More than your average mayor, Pete Saenz has kept a close eye on the news over the last 10 months.He watches CNN and Fox News. He reads the local Laredo Morning Times, The New York Times and The Washington Post. He scans for updates — even small ones — on NAFTA, the trade agreement that fuels Laredo’s economy and which President Donald Trump’s administration, with representatives from Canada and Mexico, has spent the better part of the last year trying to change.“It’s very much a part of my routine. I stay very close to the news,” said Saenz. “It would be disastrous for us not to have NAFTA.”Before NAFTA was signed in 1994, Saenz said, Laredo was a dusty South Texas town with a stubbornly high unemployment rate for its 100,000 residents.  Continue reading...

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