NAFTA’s open secrets.

A posting at the Monthly Review Zine tells of the new NAFTA supercorridor. If you’ve not heard of it, that’s partly the point. Surreptitiously, construction has begun on the proposed route, which will link the port of Lazaro Cardenas in Mexico to Duluth at the US Canada border on Lake Superior (download map from MR).

In a bilious op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a Senior Fellow at the US Business and Industry Council points out that the effect will be to relegate Mexico into a trans-shipment point for Asian imports into the US.

It’s a painful irony that Mexico has become a place whose imprimatur allows a special dispensation for consumer goods to be imported into the US, when Mexicans are more intensively than ever prohibited from entering the country. And when NAFTA has given them more cause than ever to leave Mexico.