Push for all-American cars will kill American jobs, auto suppliers say – Chicago Tribune

The car you drive might come from Detroit. But the rearview mirror could be a product of China. The speaker could be Japanese. The dashboard camera? Potentially Korean.

The Trump administration is arguing that the international anatomy of our vehicles is killing American jobs. The country’s auto suppliers, however, dispute that point, stressing that curbing access to foreign materials could actually hurt factory workers.

The debate is expected to heat up this week in Ottawa, where the president’s team is meeting Canadian and Mexican leaders for a third round of trade talks. The United States appears to be preparing to demand that duty-free goods under the North American Free Trade Agreement be made with more domestic parts.

” We cannot forget that the point of a free-trade agreement is to advantage those within the agreement – not to help outsiders,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross wrote in a column Friday for The Washington Post. “Instead, NAFTA has provided entry into a bigger market for outside countries, and the United States is paying the price.”

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