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Local leaders head to Mexico to talk border relations

Posted at 7:07 AM, Mar 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-31 14:58:34-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Mayor Kevin Faulconer is among local leaders expected to leave for Mexico City Sunday morning.

The trip, which includes Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina, is meant to strengthen ties between the border.

The mayors plan to discuss border infrastructure projects, pollution in the Tijuana River Valley and economic ties with leadership in Mexico.

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The trip comes as President Trump said he would shut down the border with Mexico if the country doesn’t handle the wave of asylum seekers entering the U.S.

The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce says shutting down the border would have severe consequences.

“Our daily lives are effected by the border crossings and how long that takes. So we certainly wish that not to be something to be toyed with,” said Jason Wells, Executive Director of the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce.

The San Ysidro Port of Entry is the busiest land crossing in the U.S. with nearly 100,000 vehicles and pedestrians crossing every day.