In the rhetoric-laden 2016 presidential race, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been characterized as a detriment to the American worker and the U.S. economy. The agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico that eliminates most tariffs on trade was intended to provide an economic benefit.
So has it?
Republican nominee Donald Trump, former Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders and other politicos don’t think so. But much of their NAFTA-bashing hyperbole has been overly simplistic and light on specifics. Here are some facts about this 20-year-old trade deal.