Do Maquiladoras Matter?

  • David L. Wilson
Keywords: History, Imperialism


While English words have been flooding into Spanish for most of the century, a few words have gone in the opposite direction. Over the past decade working people in the United States have started hearing more and more about 'maquiladoras.' Originally from the Spanish for "multure," a fee for milling grain, the word has come to mean an assembly plant, and especially the sort of plant that dominates the Mexico-U.S.border, where for the past thirty years Mexico has given U.S. and other foreign companies tariff breaks on goods imported for assembly in Mexico.