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BTA seeks data insight from Department of Homeland Security

The BTA sent this letter to DHS Sec. Nielsen in February 2018 seeking further information on a DHS report regarding attempted entries into the U.S. by individuals on the terrorist watchlist. Specifically, we inquire about how many terrorism-related convictions between 2001-2016 were of individuals from Mexico, and how many encounters with individuals on the watchlist took place at the U.S.-Mexico...

BORDER TRADE ALLIANCE CHAIR INTERVIEW WITH MVS NOTICIAS ON NAFTA NEGOTIATIONS

Border Trade Alliance Chair Paola Avila discussed the ongoing NAFTA negotiations with MVS Noticias' Ezra Shabot (link to audio): Decisión de renegociar el TLC no es sólo del presidente, necesita la aprobación del Congreso: Border Trade Alliance 03 Ene 2018 En entrevista para la Tercera Emisión de Noticias MVS con Ezra Shabot, la presidenta de Border Trade Alliance (Alianza de Comercio...

Border Trade Alliance provides testimony at Senate Finance Committee field hearing

Border Trade Alliance Chair Paola Avila in November 2017 provided testimony before a subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee a field hearing in San Antonio. The hearing focused on the modernization of NAFTA. Here is a sampling of the media coverage the hearing and Ms. Avila's testimony received: San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego Chamber vice president testifies on NAFTA “NAFTA is...

Border Trade Alliance chair to testify at Senate Finance Committee hearing on modernization of NAFTA

BTA Chair Paola Avila to testify at San Antonio field hearing on importance of preserving, modernizing NAFTA WASHINGTON (November 17, 2017) – Border Trade Alliance (BTA) chair Paola Avila on Monday in San Antonio will testify at a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance’s International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness Subcommittee, chaired by Texas Sen. John...

Border Trade Alliance Elects New 2018 Chair

Paola Avila, Vice President of International Business Affairs at San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, to helm BTA Board of Directors WASHINGTON (November 6, 2017) – The Border Trade Alliance has elected Paola Avila, Vice President of International Business affairs for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, as the organization’s new chair. Avila is a respected leader throughout...

Commentary: Why Florida should reconsider its objections to NAFTA

Russ Jones, BTA chairman for 2016-2017, makes case for free trade in the produce sector in this commentary in The Austin American-Statesman:     For an object lesson in the power of free trade, a visit to your local grocery store delivers the starkest example of what happens when we reduce barriers between sellers and consumers. Thanks to free and open trade, the concept of...

Border Trade Alliance Supports Cornyn Efforts to Increase Border Personnel, Improve Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, DC (AUG. 4, 2017) – Border Trade Alliance President Britton Clarke released the following statement regarding a component of legislation by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) that would seek to dramatically improve personnel and infrastructure at the land ports of entry on the US northern and southern borders: “The Border Trade Alliance applauds Sen. Cornyn for his commitment to...

Border Trade Alliance names Britton Clarke as new president

The Border Trade Alliance, North America’s premier advocate for cross-border trade, has named Britton Clarke as the organization’s new president. In this role, Clarke will oversee the BTA’s daily operations, including the execution of its policy agenda at all levels of government, as well as membership...