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Mayor Faulconer: 'We already have a safe and secure border'

Mayor Kevin Faulconer will not waver in U.S.-Mexican relations.
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On Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order to begin building a border wall in the southwestern part of the United States.

He also made it clear that international relations with Mexican immigrants would be severely overhauled as he implemented funding for increased border patrol officers and detention centers.

In anticipation of that decree, San Diego’s own Mayor Kevin Faulconer (R) released a statement on Tuesday night saying the binational relationship between San Diego and Mexico is strong and he will continue to build upon it.

“We already have a safe and secure border in San Diego built by the federal government,” the mayor said in a statement. “But we also have strong economic and cultural binational ties that have my unwavering support. Keeping trade moving in both directions safely and securely is important to San Diego’s economy and helps create local jobs.”

Over 90,000 commuters either on foot or in their vehicles brave the long lines which lead in and out of the San Ysidro gateway every day.

Mayor Faulconer, since his election in 2014, has strengthened the relationships between Mexican officials and San Diego.

San Diego has the busiest international crossings in the world with two land entry locations located in San Ysidro and Otay Mesa, and two cargo facilities in the Port of San Diego. 

After Trump's executive orders were signed, Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto canceled a trip to meet with him in he United States.