Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz on Thursday and Friday met with mayors from communities across the entire U.S.-Mexico border and representatives from both countries during the U.S.-Mexico Border Mayors Association’s 7th Binational Summit and the Texas Border Coalition’s annual meeting, both held in San Antonio. The representatives, which included Mexico’s Undersecretary for North American Affairs, Carlos Sada, gathered to discuss bilateral relations, international trade, border infrastructure and immigration, including DACA.
The Texas Border Coalition gathered Thursday afternoon in San Antonio for their annual meeting ahead of the U.S.-Mexico Border Mayors Summit that took place later that evening and continued until Friday, Sept. 21.
As the president of the Texas Border Coalition, Mayor Saenz provided the welcoming remarks that began a day full of dialogue about issues affecting border cities.
“We had a very productive meeting Thursday that focused on improving bilateral relations and increasing trade with the United States and Mexico,” said Mayor Saenz. “Laredo has a very important role in U.S.-Mexico relations, and we want to continue to build on the true and dependable relationship we have fostered with our southern neighbor. We also discussed how current and upcoming legislation may affect our communities in the areas of national security and immigration. I am grateful for this opportunity to continue to meet with other border mayors and representatives from both the U.S. and Mexico to detail the issues that affect us on the international border.”
Mayor Saenz continued to participate Friday in sessions of the U.S.-Mexico Border Mayors Summit and heard presentations on trade and infrastructure that could benefit Laredo.
Mayor Saenz will be available for phone interviews Friday afternoon to discuss ideas to improve Laredo’s economic outlook.