In letter to Congress, border officials voice concern over Trump policies


BROWNSVILLE, RGV – Border elected officials in Texas, Arizona and New Mexico have written to members of Congress to ask that they oppose President Trump’s “reckless policies” regarding the southwest border and Mexico.

The letter describes Mexico as a neighbor and trading partner. It denounces plans to build a border wall and the suggestion that tariffs be imposed on Mexican imports as a means to pay for the wall.

The letter also says that retreating from the North American Free Trade Agreement without engaging in good-faith negotiations with Mexico “would cripple trade and cause recessions in Border communities and elsewhere.” It cites an editorial by the Wall Street Journal that said, “It took the United States nearly a decade to recover from the economic wreckage of the last recession. A wealth-destroying trade war with one of America’s closest partners would threaten that long-sought recovery.”

The letter originated in El Paso and has signatures from El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar, El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser, and six state lawmakers from that city. El Paso-based Borderplex Alliance has signed the letter, as have two chambers of Commerce in El Paso.

The elected officials in the Rio Grande Valley that have signed the letter are Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia, Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez, Edinburg Mayor Richard Garcia, and Rio Grande City Mayor Joel Villarreal.

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