Year of Border Law: Local Mayors and NAFTA
On August 17, San Diego and Tijuana leaders met in San Diego to support the region’s economic cooperation. The focus of the meetings was on modernizing NAFTA and how it impacts the region’s economy. These meetings were held in the shadow of the NAFTA talks in Washington, DC, between officials from Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
The economies of San Diego and Tijuana are closely linked. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer mentioned that $60 billion of trade between the two countries flows through the area each year. Also, he stated that exports from San Diego amount to $5 billion. Faulconer and the mayor of Tijuana, Juan Manuel Gastélum, listed several modernization objectives. They included encouraging clear and straight-forward rules of trade to ensure that all small and medium-sized businesses have the opportunity to participate and recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to border security.
Each year we give special focus to an area of law intrinsic to the fabric of San Diego county’s culture, history, and modern day life. 2017 is our Year of Border Law.