Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild appealed to President Obama this week to improve infrastructure to help with economic development between Arizona and Mexico.
“The road out of recession is the road up from the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales,” Rothschild told the president during a meeting Tuesday in Phoenix.
Rothschild said the president was receptive and told him he’d work to make the improvements in Southern Arizona.
The two also discussed immigration reform currently under consideration in Congress.
“A prosperous region is part of a secure border,” Rothschild told the president.
The mayor’s meeting with Obama followed Rothschild’s recent trip to Mexico City to meet with government and business leaders there to spur economic d
evelopment and create an economic corridor between Mexico and Tucson.
During the visit, the mayor received agreements from Mexican officials on issues ranging from roads to future summits.
Earlier, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto pledged $300 billion in infrastructure improvements in Mexico, with Highway 15 through Sonora being a top priority.Tags: economic development, Mexico