AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas House Committee on Transportation, chaired by state Rep. Terry Canales of Edinburg, has had its 87th Legislative Session Interim Transportation Report posted online.

Click here to read the report.

In total, Speaker Dade Phelan gave seven charges to the committee to study. One of the charges related specifically to Texas-Mexico border trade. 

It was: “Review the impact that trade across the Texas Mexico border has on the Texas economy. Consider the impact of the recent increase in border migration on transnational trade, including its effects on the communities along the border, points of entry, and access by Texas businesses to supplies, labor, materials, and markets in Mexico.”

This was a joint charge with the Committee on International Relations and Economic Development. The two committees addressed the interim charge on border trade on Sept. 30, 2021. The committees heard testimony from a diverse set of experts and stakeholders.

The findings of the two committees were that:

“With Mexico serving as Texas as number one trading partner, providing $213 billion in economic in economic impact for the state in 2019., it is crucial that the state continues to prioritize infrastructure around the southern border to handle the ever to handle the ever growing trade demands. The magnitude of international commerce amounts to $24 million of trade, crossing the border every hour.

“While the recent migration spikes had an impact on the security of our state, the data shows that migration has not significantly significantly impeded international trade, unlike the effects of COVID 19. However, as noted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas in the hearing, if resources are diverted from ports of entry to process migrants, the state may begin to see greater impacts on trade.”

On this interim charge, the joint committees have made one recommendation to the 88th Legislature that starts in January, 2023. It is:

“The legislature should continue to work with its state agencies to stay educated on the impacts of migration on international trade while ensuring international trade infrastructure is not impeded by the ebbs and flows of migration.”

Chairman Canales said: “Today, the Texas Speaker of the House released the 87th Legislative Session Interim Transportation Report. The process started over a year ago with a request for suggestions from Speaker Phelan and ended today with the full release of our report with the signature of every member of our committee. During this process, we had hearings in Brownsville, Corpus Christi, and Austin focused on some of our state’s top transportation issues. I believe that this report will be an excellent resource for state leaders as we work to build a transportation system that we will be proud to leave for the next generation. I also want to thank Speaker Phelan for issuing my committee charges that tie into our state’s greatest needs and want to thank my hardworking staff for helping produce a well-written report.”

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows state Rep. Terry Canales speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of Anzalduas International Bridge on Oct. 26, 2022.

Editor’s Note: The above news story is the first in a three-part series on the Texas House Committee on Transportation’s 87th Legislative Session Interim Transportation Report.

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