2003 Adopted Resolutions
71st Annual Meeting
Denver

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CONSULTING BORDER COMMUNITIES IN BALANCING INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND SECURITY NEEDS

WHEREAS, a major benefit of the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement ("NAFTA") has been the enhanced movement of people, goods and cargo by land between Canada, the US and Mexico; and

WHEREAS, in the post-September 11th environment the security of our borders has taken on an equally high level of importance; and

WHEREAS, the creation of the Homeland Security Department has demonstrated a national commitment to meeting the latter challenge; and

WHEREAS, there are times that the need to move goods in a timely fashion are perceived to be in conflict with the need to secure our borders; and

WHEREAS, local elected officials in border communities are well equipped and positioned to provide valuable insights into how a balanced approach between moving goods and securing borders may be best achieved,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the United States Conference of Mayors calls upon the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies to include border community officials in planning and coordinating efforts to balance the need to open our border to commerce while closing them to terrorism and other illegal activities.