Manufacturing Criminals

By: Jose Guzman Dominguez  

This study examines how the establishment of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) led to the development of drug organizations in México. It utilizes a qualitative method to examine primary and secondary sources. The findings indicate how NAFTA disrupted the nation’s economy, which created high levels of unemployment, inequality, and an atmosphere of social competition over industrial jobs; these elements precipitated the growth of drug cartels. This research demonstrates that neoliberal policies in México, such as NAFTA, destabilized México’s economy and led to the development of drug cartels.

"NAFTA", " Mexico", " Economy"
Civic, Political, and Community Studies
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Jose Guzman Dominguez

Student , History, California State University, Sacramento , United States
United States

My name is Jose Guzman Dominguez and I major in History and minor in Peace and Conflict Resolution as a fourth-year student at California State University, Sacramento. Seven years ago, I migrated from the state of Guanajuato, México. I was prompted to migrate to this country in the search of the American Dream due to the lack of educational opportunities in my hometown. My migration experience led me to become interested in understanding the evolution of underdeveloped nations and how international policies are affecting them.To achieve my educational objectives, I decided to apply to the McNair Scholars Program. This program allowed me to conduct interdisciplinary research focusing on how the establishment of the North American Free Trade Agreement affected the development of drug trafficking groups in México. I selected this topic based on my personal experience of living in a place controlled by one of these criminal organizations.