of western states and governors of Mexican states along the border
met March 27 to discuss border security and its impact on trade
during a two-hour closed session, The Associated Press reported.
meeting, sponsored by New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Chihuahua
Gov. Patricio Martinez, took place at New Mexico State University
in Las Cruces. Govs. Bill Owens of Colorado and Brad Henry of Oklahoma
and representatives from the governors of Arizona and California
said prior to the meeting they also would attend.
Richardson said Gov. Martinez worried that a lot of traffic was
backing up at the border due to tighter security, and they're worried
how that might affect trade and the economies along the border,"
Gilbert Gallegos, a spokesman for Richardson, said.
tentative agenda includes new security measures, homeland security,
law-enforcement cooperation along the border, border improvements
and commerce, Gallegos said.