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¡Aguas! USMCA; All I Want for Christmas

¡Aguas! USMCA The Mexicans are becoming frustrated with the varying demands from Washington for changes to the USMCA before Congressional Democrats will move the agreement forward. Some are aggressive, such as American inspections of Mexican plants and rejecting products at the border. Some solutions are creative, such as expedited dispute settlement efforts on labor issues, and inspections only by dispute settlement panelists. One report indicates an entirely new demand has surfaced. The Mexicans might just say ¡Aguas!, or watch out. USMCA modernizes NAFTA but overall the agreement was forced by President Trump when he threatened to pull out of NAFTA, and it is filled with concessions to the Americans. At some point, Mexico sh...

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