Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - NEWS RELEASE
WASHINGTON D.C. – Representing the San Diego region at a historic ceremony, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer is in Washington, D.C. to witness the signing of the new United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement at the White House.
The signing Wednesday morning marks the culmination of years of advocacy from San Diego’s congressional delegation and regional leaders who have made the case at home and abroad for bipartisan support of USMCA.
Simultaneously, the group has continued to pressure the federal governments in the U.S. and Mexico to take action on the sewage, sediment and trash flowing across the border into the U.S. from the Tijuana River Valley. Following recent renegotiations of USMCA, the latest iteration of the trade pact includes provisions for environmental protections that could bring hundreds of millions of dollars to address the ongoing sewage issue.
“San Diego’s economy is built for 21st century trade, and now the United States is as well with the signing of the new USMCA. The future is bright for the thousands of local families and businesses whose economic opportunities grow every time we trade with Mexico and Canada,” Mayor Faulconer said. “The San Diego region gets two historic wins for the price of one now that a fix for the environmental crisis at the Tijuana River Valley is linked to the USMCA agreement. I’d like to thank San Diego’s congressional delegation and local leaders for ensuring that San Diego’s priorities were front and center every step of the way. We worked together across jurisdictions and party lines to secure a better future for the San Diego region.”
Trade between Mexico and the United States moving through the San Diego region totals an estimated $49 billion each year. Trade with Mexico alone supports 566,000 jobs in California.
The USMCA – announced in 2018 – replaces the decades-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Over the years, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce has led local delegations to both Washington, D.C. and Mexico City to show support from the entire San Diego-Tijuana binational megaregion for a deal that would benefit people and businesses on both sides of the border.
“The thriving binational economy that has made our San Diego-Baja California region a top global competitor is evidence of the power of free trade and cooperation. The USMCA is not only a trade deal for the 21st century, it ensures the future success of our region’s strong cross-border collaboration and vibrant economy,” said Jerry Sanders, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO. “We thank our congressional delegation and regional partners who worked to secure an agreement that represents the best interest of our region.”
California elected officials and organizations who have played a leading role include:
- U.S. Representatives Susan Davis (CA-53), Mike Levin (CA-49), Scott Peters (CA-52), and Juan Vargas (CA-51)
- Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi
- U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
- San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox
- San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer
- Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina
- Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey
- Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas
- Port of San Diego
- San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
- San Diego Economic Development Corporation
- San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce
- Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce
- Border Trade Alliance
Faulconer also serves as co-chair on the U.S.-Mexico Border Mayors Association and for a trilateral group of mayors dubbed the “Alliance on Trade in the Americas” on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Canada is the only nation remaining to ratify the agreement.