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Border Trade Alliance delivers testimony to Senate Finance subcommittee on importance of commerce at ports of entry

BTA Vice Chairman Sergio Contreras, president and CEO of Rio Grande Valley Partnership, makes case for land border ports’ importance to region, nation’s economy; joined by fellow board member Pete Saenz, mayor of Laredo, Texas, chair-elect of Texas Border Coalition   WASHINGTON (July 18, 2018) – Border Trade Alliance Vice Chairman Sergio Contreras today told a U.S. Senate...

Border Trade Alliance on Capitol Hill makes case for free and fair trade, economic competitiveness

BTA board members from across U.S. visit with lawmakers, argue against increased tariffs WASHINGTON (June 12, 2018) – Representatives of the Border Trade Alliance Board of Directors were on Capitol Hill Tuesday, urging lawmakers from both parties to support modernized trade agreements, despite an impasse in the three-nation negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement. The...

Border Trade Alliance: If investigation of auto imports leads to tariffs, U.S. jobs and consumers will suffer

WASHINGTON (May 24) – Border Trade Alliance President Britton Clarke released the following statement today regarding the Trump administration’s plans to open a section 232 investigation of automotive imports: “The administration’s plan to begin an investigation of automotive imports on national security grounds is deeply disturbing. If this latest section 232 investigation is the...

Border Trade Alliance supports funding for needed upgrades at Calexico port of entry

The Border Trade Alliance shared the following letter with House and Senate appropriators regarding the organization's support for funding needed port of entry improvements in Calexico, California at the Calexico West Port of Entry. May 9, 2018 Hon. Rodney Frelinghuysen Chairman U.S. House Committee on Appropriations H-305, The Capitol Washington, DC 20515 Hon. Nita Lowey Ranking...

Border Trade Alliance board members comment on potentially devastating impacts of exiting NAFTA

Border Trade Alliance Chair Paola Avila and board member Lance Jungmeyer were both quoted in this Tucson Weekly piece that examined the potential economic repercussions if NAFTA were to collapse. Ms. Avila summed it up succinctly: "Losing NAFTA would be...

Border Trade Alliance heads to Washington, D.C. for annual fly-in, joint conference with Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute

BTA board members from across U.S. to visit with lawmakers, convene fifth-annual Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border conference with Wilson Center Mexico Institute WASHINGTON (May 10, 2018) – The Border Trade Alliance will hold its annual fly-in to Washington, D.C. on June 12-13. The organization, which represents both public and private entities on issues relating to cross-border...

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...