In the context of "This American Life"'s abject retraction last week of their confidence of the validity of the facts underpinning their Michael Daisey show, I review the subject of outsourcing jobs.
Apple's carelessness regarding Apple Foxconn in China is the topic of Michael Daisey's show. Does this relate to the U.S.-Mexico border? Certainly. Juarez, Mexico's running murder total of 10,000+ victims is not unrelated to the fact that the U.S. outsourced jobs here heavily, particularly with the onset of NAFTA. Maquiladora (international) plant positions drew thousands of the newly unemployed farmers that NAFTA conveniently created.
As author Charles Bowden termed it, Juarez, Mexico became a "laboratory of our future." When China could do the jobs cheaper, Juarez bid "adios" to positions that flew across the Pacific from Mexico to Asia.
When we export jobs, we need to export corresponding labor rights to support those jobs.