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Border Trade Alliance cites concerns over protectionist produce legislation

Seasonality bill runs counter to spirit of free trade, harms consumers WASHINGTON (January 11, 2019) The Border Trade Alliance is raising strong concerns over recent legislation introduced by members of the Florida congressional delegation that seeks to curb the importation of Mexican produce in order to create a competitive advantage for Florida farmers. The bill, called the Defending...

Border Trade Alliance members participate in discussion with Senators Cornyn and Cruz, stress need to balance security with legitimate commerce

Board members bring perspective of border business community, public sector leadership MCALLEN, TEXAS (January 10, 2019)—Board members of the Border Trade Alliance, North America’s premier advocate for cross-border trade, participated in a high-level discussion with Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today in McAllen, Texas where the need to balance border security with...

Border Trade Alliance opposes White House threat to close border

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 29, 2018) – The Border Trade Alliance, North America’s premier advocate for cross-border trade, is strongly rejecting a call by President Trump to close the United States border with Mexico. “The mere threat to close the border with Mexico is damaging to our economies, regardless if a closure were actually to happen,” BTA Chair Paola Avila said. “Two-way...

Border Trade Alliance calls on White House to appoint new ambassador to Mexico

The Border Trade Alliance sent this letter to the White House calling on the administration to appoint a new ambassador to Mexico. The letter reads in part: "In this politically sensitive time, we believe a lead diplomat is required to oversee all aspects of the U.S.-Mexico relationship. "The migrant crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, the beginning of a new Mexican presidential...

Border Trade Alliance applauds bipartisan Senate introduction of port of entry assessment bill

Senators Cornyn and Peters introduce Senate companion to House bill that calls on DHS to prepare assessment of needs at ports of entry WASHINGTON (December 6, 2018) – The Border Trade Alliance today applauded U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) for their introduction of legislation that calls on the Department of Homeland Security to prepare a strategy and...

Border Trade Alliance statement regarding migrant caravans, port operations

WASHINGTON (Nov. 21, 2018)—The Border Trade Alliance released the following statement regarding the migrant caravans and their effect on operations at the ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border: "The Border Trade Alliance understands the challenge the federal government faces in balancing the nation's security with the goal of efficiently processing legitimate trade and travel at our...

Border Trade Alliance applauds trilateral trade accord reached by U.S., Canada and Mexico

WASHINGTON (October 1, 2018) – After a round-the-clock weekend negotiating session, the United States, Mexico, and Canada have reached an agreement on a trilateral trade accord, an outcome met with applause from the Border Trade Alliance. “For nearly 25 years, the Border Trade Alliance has been a vocal proponent of the North American Free Trade Agreement,” BTA President Britton Clarke...

Border Trade Alliance and sister organization in Mexico gather for high-level discussion

BTA and BTA México bring together trade authorities, elected officials from both countries for important dialogue on trade and trade security, honor U.S. Rep. Cuellar for his leadership on border issues WASHINGTON (September 4, 2018) – The Border Trade Alliance and its sister organization, BTA México, gathered in Mexico City last Friday for their annual joint meeting on the most pressing...