New Mexico Representatives Tour Southern Border

House Majority Leader Javier Martínez


SANTA TERESA — New Mexico House Majority Leader Javier Martínez (D-Albuquerque), and State Rep. Raymundo Lara (D-Chamberino) toured the border industrial complex Thursday in Santa Teresa.

Lawmakers were invited by the Border Industrial Association to tour the area and learn about the growing manufacturing and distribution center. The border area is important to New Mexico’s cultural identity, given the states strong historic and cultural ties to Mexico, and to the economy, as the largest export base and the second largest industrial base in the state.

“The Santa Teresa border industrial complex demonstrates the tremendous economic potential of New Mexico’s border region,” Leader Martínez said. “The strategic location and manufacturing strength at the complex is setting the stage for our state to become a major player in America’s international trade, which will help us continue to diversify our economy and create good paying jobs for New Mexicans.”

“It is incredibly important to bring our leaders here in person to see the explosion of development in our border region and meet the workers who are turning these opportunities into real benefits for the people of our state,” Rep. Lara said. “We must remember the deep personal connections many New Mexicans share with our neighbor to the south and the importance of the border region to our state culturally and economically.” 

The Border Industrial Association consists of more than 100 members in or doing business in the Santa Teresa region. BIA members represent more than 4,000 jobs and over a billion dollars of private investment in southern New Mexico.

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