LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KFOX14/CBS4) — The future of the Santa Teresa port of entry was discussed by international leaders including the governor of New Mexico, Michelle Lujan Grisham.
"To continue to develop strong both public safety, border security and trade and investment opportunities with Mexico and our other partners around the globe," said Lujan Grisham.
As part of a Binational Bridges and Border Crossing Group, New Mexican, Texan and Mexican leaders met in Las Cruces on Monday to give their proposal on improvements that they would like to see at different ports of entry across the border.
Alicia Keys, the New Mexico cabinet Secretary of Economic Development said New Mexico requested the federal government $170 million to modernize and expand the Santa Teresa port of entry.
"This meeting is so important because it is New Mexico Texas and Mexico coming together also with the department of state and talking about what our priorities are for each border region," said Keys.
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"It’s really important for us that you can actually take your family members or your colleagues to the border and drop them off and be safe and have somewhere to do that," said Keys.
Keys said the improvements at the Santa Teresa port of entry would bring economic development and improve lives in the border region.
She said working and collaborating with the neighboring state would help accomplish that.
"We’ve also built the best economy that New Mexico has ever seen and this effort is part of that success," said Grisham.
The state said they were waiting for the fund request to go through congress in order to start on the expansion.
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