Border Mayors form Bi-National Association
On January 21, 2011, Southwest Border Mayor’s from the United States and México met at the request of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin. This historic meeting resulted in the creation of the U.S. - México Border Mayors Association. The purpose of the Association is to help in the formulation of policies that affect the border communities of México and the United States.
Since the signing of the North America Free Trade Agreement, our borders have become more important to the economies of both México and the United States. Over $325 billion in trade flowed back and forth across our southern borders in 2010. Any successful plan to increase the flow of trade between the countries must have the input of the border mayors into the policies targeting the flow of trade. Mayors on both sides of the border are in unique positions to understand how economic development, industrial recruitment and border security must be balanced if the border regions are to be competitive in a global economy.
While trade with México accounts for a significant part of the U.S. economy, few people who don’t live in border communities understand the dynamics and challenges border communities face. Often times, national policies are formulated without a true understanding of how they will impact not only border communities but the economy of the entire country.
The U.S. - México Border Mayors Association will be recognized as a leading authority on border issues and will speak with a unified voice as we make recommendations to our State Legislatures and U.S. Congress that will help the México and the United States border region grow and prosper economically.