WaExaminer: Sen. Jeff Flake warned the White House against pulling out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, arguing that leaving the deal would harm the economy and lead to increased immigration. To think otherwise is an “illusion,” he said on the Senate floor Thursday.
“Allow me to briefly describe what America would look like without NAFTA. It’s an America with fewer jobs and higher unemployment. Some of these jobs that are lost will not return for a generation, others will likely never return. It’s a poorer America. The gross domestic product will drop. Much of the positive growth we have seen recently will be erased,” the Arizona Republican warned, adding later, “Let’s not be fooled by those who would have us believe that the impact of exiting this trade agreement would somehow be minor or short-lived.”