Mexican and U.S. governors discuss border delays

| Monday, March 31, 2003

Governors 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.

The 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.

"Gov. 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.

The tentative agenda includes new security measures, homeland security, law-enforcement cooperation along the border, border improvements and commerce, Gallegos said.

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