Trade war with Mexico threatens jobs and consumers

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(24 HOURS ON THE BORDER) -

Donald Trump won the White House in part by promising to renegotiate, if not blow up, trade deals like the North American Trade Agreement. 

Should he follow through on those promises, the incoming president not only threatens to hit the American consumer in the pocketbook but, more importantly, jobs across the country and here in Arizona.

Across the country, an estimated 14 million American jobs depend on the free flow of trade between the U.S. and Mexico. In Arizona, that number is more than 100,000. That ongoing trade also has the benefit of keeping the costs down for American consumers. 

"The maquiladora industry is the largest industry in Mexico,” according to Richard Rubin, who runs over 20 Mexican factories that manufacture everything from pens and pencils to low-cost bags. “They are shipping $275 billion yearly from Mexico into the U.S.”

[RELATED: Factories in Nogales, Son. create middle class]

He pays many of his workers roughly $70 a week, making it nearly impossible for American companies to compete. 

But Trump has threatened to tear up NAFTA and possibly slap high tariffs on goods like the ones assembled in Rubin's factories. 

If that happens, there are concerns it could send costs skyrocketing for Americans and possibly threaten their jobs. 

At this point, Rubin says NAFTA if too big and important to scrap, but he's still unsure what Trump will do. 

It’s that uncertainty that he doesn't like. 

"What we don't like is when people don't know what's really happening,” he said. 

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