Thank you, Madam Chairwoman, Mr. Chairman, members of the Committee. My name is Jon Barela. I am the CEO of the Borderplex Alliance.  The Borderplex Alliance to my knowledge is the only privately funded which does economic development work and...
It’s not “Yankee, Go Home!” any longer. It’s “Come on Home, Yankee!” Any Yankee. You, me, any. Which home? Guanajuato, Mexico, seat of Mexican Independence - a spiritual home for Mexicans living in the US and for many Mexican Americans....
Summer’s over. And its last few weeks were certainly noteworthy for U.S.-Mexico affairs and White & Case Mexico City.  Of particular note, congratulations to my colleagues at White & Case who ranked number one in Latin America for project finance, banking, and arbitration.  Yesterday, the U.S....
The designation of Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR) in Edinburg as the first Level 1 trauma facility in the Rio Grande Valley is a historic and momentous occasion.  This designation is a true testament of the leadership of the DHR...
I’m writing to you from Texas where the past ten days have been extremely challenging. The U.S. just passed the milestone of 500,000 COVID-19 deaths and losses are continuing to mount from our rare winter storm.  Last week’s record cold temperatures led...
Over the last weeks, a lot has been said about the future of the United States – Mexico relationship under Biden and AMLO administrations. One of the areas that appears less promising, if not outright conflictive is energy and climate...
This week, Vice President Kamala Harris visited Guatemala and Mexico in her first trip abroad. The diplomatic visit came on the heels of Mexico’s largest election in history, widely seen as a referendum of the first half of López Obrador’s...
AMLO, like Trump? Trump, departed but not gone from our lives? Now, Trump “alive and well” in Mexico? Depends on with whom you speak. I spoke with one of my sources, “Jorge,” a graduate of La Universidad de las Américas,...
Last Wednesday’s inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris is certainly still on all of our minds.  The past few months have been a turbulent time for U.S. democracy. Biden now faces an unprecedented health and economic...
The South Texans’ Property Rights Association wholeheartedly supports Gov. Greg Abbott’s criticism of the Biden Administration’s failed executive and administrative actions and inactions that have only exacerbated the crisis of illegal immigration and trespassing in our southern border region.  The...

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