RED STAR FOR THE DAUGHTERS OF JUAREZ
by Tony Fitzpatrick
The term Maquila, or Maquiladora, comes from a time when Mexico was a colony of Spain. The term referred to the price the Spanish paid the native Mexicans for processing grain. Over the years, the term has come to describe the American industries that outsource piecework -- mostly for the manufacture of clothing -- for cheaper labor in Mexican border-towns like ciudad Juarez. Blue Jeans, cheap jackets, dresses and other cut-rate garments are pieced together cheaply and quickly by the Maquildora culture.