“Stand by, there will be the giant sucking sound, if we are dumb enough to have this jammed down our throats!"
– Ross Perot in 1992
While Ross Perot’s prophecy of doom didn’t come true, NAFTA did change the economic terrain of North America. After decades of economic protectionism, Mexico opened its doors to American business and investment. Now when America’s booming, Mexico cashes in. But when the US is in the red, Mexico is passing the hat – and that puts the brakes on America’s recovery. And the economic ties that bind the US and Mexico are not all above board. The escalating drug violence in Mexican cities is fueled by the steady stream of narcotics, guns and money that crisscross the US-Mexican border everyday.