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EDINBURG, RGV – Foreign direct investment, immigration, the war on drugs – these are just some of the areas where public policy could change once Andrés Manuel López Obrador becomes president of Mexico on Dec. 1.

The leader and founder of the MORENA party – which has won a majority of seats in Congress – has said he will improve economic opportunities for the traditionally poorer southern states of Mexico. But, what does it all mean for the northern Border Region and particularly the Rio Grande Valley, which relies so heavily on trade with Mexico?

These issues will be discussed in depth in our latest LIVE at Bob’s show, which takes place at Bob’s Steak & Chop House in Edinburg on Tuesday, July 10 starting at 12 noon. Doors open at 11:30 am. Tickets for the luncheon are $25. 

The conversation is titled “What Does a López Obrador Mean for the Border Region?” and features four distinguished guest speakers. They are:

  • Blanca Gómez, a reporter and TV presenter who wrote a book about López Obrador in 2005, when AMLO was mayor of Mexico City. She has worked internationally for CNN and Univision.
  • Adrian Gonzalez, a U.S. licensed customs broker and branch manager for Daniel B. Hastings, Inc., in Laredo. Gonzalez was keynote speaker at a Pharr Bridge Connect seminar titled ‘Update on the Renegotiation of NAFA’ back in March.
  • Dr. Arturo Lopez-Levy, political science professor at UT-Rio Grande Valley. Lopez-Levy teaches Latin American Studies at UTRGV.
  • Dr. Kevin Peek, a professor of economics at South Texas College. Peek hosted a summit titled ‘Renegotiating NAFTA: Challenges and Opportunities’ at STC back in April.

“We are all keen to know more about López Obrador. He clearly has a mandate for change from the Mexican electorate and we are anxious to know how his policy changes will affect our region,” said Steve Taylor, editor of the Rio Grande Guardian and moderator of the panel discussion.

“We are delighted to have such a distinguished panel for the third in our LIVE at Bob’s series. I am looking forward to hearing their analysis of an AMLO presidency and how it might impact the Texas-Mexico border.”

A three-course meal will be served with Mexican Ceviche as the appetizer, a Caesar salad, and Lobster Roll or Tenderloin Tacos for the entree. 

To reserve a seat please call (956) 380-2627.

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