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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...

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...