Maquilas make up one of Nogales, Sonora's biggest economic drivers. The factories manufacture and transport products for companies around the world. Marcel Joffroy serves as president of the Business and Organizations Board of Nogales, Sonora, which represents the maquilas. He explained how increased minimum wage and lowered taxes along Mexico's border have affected the industry since being introduced at the beginning of the year.
"I think it will take more than three months or six months or a year to understand how things are impacting on a positive level," Joffroy said. "For now, it's business as usual."
According to Joffroy, many of the assembly plants in Nogales already offer salaries above the minimum wage.