San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer leads alliance on cross-border trade

Posted at 6:24 AM, Jun 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-08 09:24:06-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is traveling to Boston Friday to meet push cross-border trade in a meeting with other U.S. mayors.

Faulconer is scheduled to attend the 86th annual U.S. Conference of Mayors this weekend, where he will chair a new group of mayors focused on strengthening economic ties and cross-border commerce between Mexican and Canadian cities.

Canadian and Mexican counterparts are expected to join the group later this year.

In the recent past, Faulconer has stressed the importance of trade relations with Mexico. The Republican mayor has been open about his support for NAFTA despite President Trump's dislike of the trade deal.

During Trump's March visit to San Diego, Faulconer touted the city's economic relationship with Mexico in his welcome statement to the president.

"I welcome President Trump to California and San Diego. He will see firsthand how a major American city benefits from having not just a modern border crossing but also a working relationship with Mexico. San Diego is living proof that a healthy economy, low unemployment rate and strong international ties are not mutually exclusive. Free trade works for San Diego and it works for our country.

San Diego's international ports of entry are an economic engine that thousands of businesses and residents rely upon. From life sciences to manufacturing, San Diego's economy depends on smart federal policies that encourage the cross-border exchange of goods and ideas. I encourage the President to look at San Diego as a model as he renegotiates NAFTA and prioritizes border investments."