Tutor profile: Fernando U.
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Subject: US Government and Politics
What is one policy or initiative that the United States government should implement in order to increase job opportunities within the nation?
Throughout the United States’ and Mexico’s joint history, the two nations have negotiated several critical trade deals, with one of the most well known being the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) signed in 1994. These trade deals have been intended to lower trade barriers such as tariffs between the two neighboring countries in order to facilitate commerce across the US-Mexico border. Yet, some trade deals like NAFTA have been criticized by individuals who argue that trade deals between Mexico and the United States are ineffective and partly “take U.S. jobs” away from domestic American workers by outsourcing work, which ultimately reduces investment in American companies and further reduces labor market opportunities for American workers. As such, some Americans argue that we must cancel trade deals to bring investment and jobs back to the United States, as well as to preserve jobs for domestic workers. However, it must be acknowledged that in reality, trade between the United States and Mexico stimulates economic activity on both sides of the border which generates opportunities for the creation of more jobs in both countries. Additionally, I argue that canceling trade deals without addressing the lack of labor protections in Mexico, which incentivize American companies to move their work and capitalize on low wages to maximize their profits, does not address Americans’ concerns regarding jobs “leaving” the United States. As such, there must be a focus on increasing protections for workers in Mexico within trade deals as an important step towards preventing the outsourcing of jobs to Mexico by making it more difficult for big industries to relocate their businesses and then exploit Mexican workers. (Excerpt from a paper I wrote for a class called "US-Mexico Relations")
Subject: Political Science
As Mexico has been a transit country for many Central American migrants and as less Mexicans are migrating to the United States, how are host communities responding to and interacting with in-transit migrants? (My Political Science thesis question)
Based on other relevant theories and explanations discussed in my preliminary literature review, I theorize that in-transit migrants do not possess equal status as Mexicans in terms of political, social, and economic power, and therefore, when they reside in communities for longer, these differences in relative positionality become more evident which in turns leads to Mexicans demonstrating exclusionary attitudes towards in-transit migrants. In other words, as in-transit migrants become more permanent members within a community, it is more likely that Mexicans will develop exclusionary and negative attitudes towards them. This is based on the theory that as immigrants settle more and more into communities, intergroup contact between Mexicans and Central Americans with differing political, economic, and social power will increase and negative attitudes will become more prominent.
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