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NEW LAREDO, Mexico – The border city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, will host the second meeting of the four Border Governors of northern Mexico, on January 20th, 2017.

At the beginning of December, the Governors of Tamaulipas, Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca, Nuevo León, Jaime Rodríguez Calderón, from Chihuahua, Javier Corral Jurado, and Northern Lower California, Francisco Arturo Vega de Lamadrid, met in Baja California.

At the first working forum of Frontier Governors of the National Conference of Governors (CONAGO), the four governors spoke about the challenges of immigration for border states. The meeting in Nuevo Laredo next month will be their second get-together.

García Cabeza de Vaca said border cities and states must be ready to face the real possibility of a change in immigration policy and to consider the effects this would represent for the northern border entities.

“We have to analyze the distribution of public resources, expose that problem and arrive at a real day by day solution,” reiterated García Cabeza de Vaca.

Nuevo Laredo Municipal President Enrique Rivas says the arrival of a new administration in the United States provides an opportunity to strengthen the region of los dos Laredos as a competitive area.

Rivas observed how Nuevo Laredo and Laredo, Texas, take on new challenges and turn them into solutions that drive the economy and tourism development and take advantage of projects that will benefit both cities.

“Never in the history of los Dos Laredos have we had such a solid and collaborative relationship as we do today in the border region,” Rivas said. “A new President of the United States will bring changes to procedures. A new reorientation is an adversity that can be seen as an opportunity to be more competitive.”

During the Christmas tree lighting ceremony and presentation of the show “Tamaulipas Has a New Light” on December 10, García Cabeza de Vaca advised that for 2017 several projects will have to be consolidated, as it will undoubtedly be a new year with new challenges to meet.

“I want to be a governor who works very closely and hand in hand with our mayor to move the city of Nuevo Laredo and Tamaulipas forward,” Garcia Cabeza de Vaca said.

At the festive Christmas ceremony in Nuevo Laredo, Governor Garcia Cabeza de Vaca was accompanied by his wife Mariana Gomez de Garcia Cabeza de Vaca, his daughters Mariana, Sofia and Lourdes; Rivas was accompanied by his wife Adriana Herrera Zárate and his daughters, Ana Sofía, Mariana and Alexa.

Editor’s Note: This story was translated into English by Diana L. Arellano.