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>> Every morning, Sergio Valderrama drives just across the border into Mexico's Juarez from El Paso, Texas, for work at a plant that assembles electronic parts for cars made by GM, Audi, Hyundai, and others. The plant, owned by a company in Michigan, is one of hundreds on the Mexico side of the border that thrive on the North American Free Trade Agreement.
00:00:22
And if that agreement is scrapped, as President Donald Trump is threatening to do, there is a risk it could spell the end of Valderrama's job too.>> I'm Ann Saphir with Reuters here in El Paso near the border of Mexico, where the regional economy seems to be booming despite tensions over trade and border security that are ongoing.
00:00:42
>> But NAFTA wasn't always welcome here in El Paso, which lost nearly 30,000 manufacturing jobs as factories employing tens of thousands of Mexicans sprang up across the Rio Grande. That's forced change in El Paso. It's become a hub for trucking, warehousing, and distribution of products coming from and going to factories in Mexico, and that's brought many new jobs.
00:01:07
The unemployment rate in El Paso has seen a dramatic decline, dropping to 3.7% from double digits before NAFTA. So it's no surprise the town doesn't want to rock the boat again.