/ Modified dec 16, 2016 8:26 p.m.

Joint Effort Aims for Border Crossing at 'Speed of Business'

Mayor of Nogales, Son., on the election; Tohono O'odham looking forward.

The border city of Nogales is setting a new standard in binational business with quicker, easier trade across the U.S.-Mexican border, two leaders say.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey toured the border with U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson amid the launch of a program designed to expedite trade between the two countries at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales.

Nogales, Sonora, Mayor Temo Galindo also shared his thoughts on the economy following the U.S. election.

“The people in Mexico, people in the privacy sector, they are nervous because what is going to happen when the new president of the U.S. assumes his charge?" Galindo asked. "So that is a reason because the peso is going to lose some of its value.”

Galindo also spoke about what Donald Trump's presidency will mean for Mexico.

“His proposals in his campaign could put at some risk the relations with both countries, but we hope that in the practice of the president of the U.S. he could give continuity to all the programs we have, like this checkpoint between the two governments.”

Emotions are still running high following the election and questions about the future continue to circle. Arizona Week spoke with University of Arizona political scientist Samara Klar and Frank Sotomayor, a retired Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist as an editor at the Los Angeles Times for 35 years, to talk about the election from the polling and media points of view.

We also take a trip to the Tohono O’odham Nation, a land base of about 4,000 square miles for a federally recognized tribe with about 28,000 members. As 2017 approaches, the Nation’s leadership is thinking about plans for the future, especially how to improve education.

On the program this week:

  • Doug Ducey, governor of Arizona
  • Roberta Jacobson, U.S. ambassador to Mexico
  • Temo Galindo, mayor of Nogales, Sonora
  • Samara Klar, University of Arizona political scientist
  • Frank Sotomayor, former LA Times senior editor
  • Verlon Jose, Tohono O’odham vice chairman

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