Thursday, August 24, 2006

Border Governors Convene

Today marks the first day of the annual border governor's conference, which is being held in Austin, Texas.  Since 1980, the conference has provided an annual forum for governors from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border to discuss shared issues.  Governors from Texas, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Chihuahua, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Sonora, Baja California and Coahuila will attend the two-day conference.

Unsurprisingly, the highlighted theme of this year's conference is "border security" - DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff is scheduled to attend - although economic issues are also scheduled to be discussed.  The El Paso Times promises updates on the conference.  The Austin American Statesman  reports that the event has already drawn protests -- some of them seemingly aimed at California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, but, the Statesman reports, also including demonstrations against proposals to build border fences and make felons of people in the country illegally.


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