Border business is America’s business! That’s the message local U.S. Congressmen are sending to the public. Congressmen Filemon Vela and Vicente Gonzalez held a discussion to talk border economy.
Concerns and Optimism. That was the tone this morning at an economic conference about the border region. Members from local, state, national and international industries shared their concerns about the current and future relationship with Mexico.
Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (D) District 15 says, “You know we’re having a conversation about it. we’re trying to take this dialogue back to Washington and try to slow down the wild rhetoric and bring it back to reality.
Many industries that affect the border region were represented. Tourism, retail, automotive, real estate, and so on. Their plan was to discuss the reliance of preexisting trade agreements, border adjustment taxing and even a border wall. For the most part, they were in agreement: Mexico is a major trading partner to the Southern border regions.
Congressman Filemon B. Vela (D) District 34 says, “When you talk about the Rio Grande Valley, when you talk about Laredo, Texas, when you talk about El Paso, Texas, when you talk about San Diego, California, we live in an economically socially and cultural vibrant place with communities on both sides of the border that we are very closely connected to.”
It’s through discussions like these that the congressmen wish to send to their collogues.
“For the most part I think they go home with a very positive impression of the Rio Grande Valley and we need to continue being ambassadors for our region and take the positive message back to Washington.” Said Gonzalez.
Members from the public voiced their concerns with the Mexican Economy. Some even joke about the border wall… saying, ” if we’re going to build one, let’s build it as magnificent as the Great Wall of China, that way we can make a tourism industry out of it.”
Congressman Vela claims he and several colleagues were invited to join House Speaker Paul Ryan on his visit to the RGV. He declined wanting to discuss border economic issues instead.