SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The mayors of San Diego and Tijuana today reaffirmed the partnership of the two border cities in the face of U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration policies.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum told reporters that they plan to renew a memorandum of understanding in the next few weeks spelling out how the two municipal governments will cooperate.
Department directors of the two cities meet frequently to hash out various issues, per the terms of the current MOU.
Neither mayor mentioned Trump or his policies specifically, and didn't offer criticism. Yet the new president's demand for a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and criticism of the North American Free Trade Agreement -- NAFTA -- provided a backdrop for the event.
Faulconer said it's important that officials talk about what's working at the local level.
"We can't control what happens outside our cities, but I know this, we will continue our story of collaboration, our story of friendship, and we will continue working together for the prosperity of our people," Faulconer said.
Tijuana provides San Diego with access to trading partners "that other regions only dream about," and brings jobs and investment, Faulconer said.