Arizona Gov. Hobbs plans trade mission to Mexico, not to discuss border security

By Camryn Sanchez
Published: Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 5:05am
Updated: Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 10:43am

Katie Hobbs
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Katie Hobbs

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs is headed to Mexico, but not to tackle immigration and border security issues.

The governor and business leaders, including Arizona Commerce Authority President and CEO Sandra Watson, will instead focus on trade and economic development. The trip, beginning Wednesday, was organized by the Greater Phoenix Leadership, comprised of Arizona CEOs.

Hobbs’ spokesperson, Christian Slater, said in a text that the trip won’t involve discussions about the Arizona-Mexico border — a topic of great interest over the last several weeks at Arizona’s Capitol.

Republican lawmakers are actively running bills to crack down on illegal border crossings.

“Mexico is Arizona’s top trading partner and a growing market for advanced technology and other key industries for Arizona manufacturing and supply chains,” Hobbs said in a statement ahead of her trip. “I’m excited to lead this group of business leaders and elected officials, and look forward to meeting with our Mexican partners to discuss all the ways Arizona and Mexico can forge a path of mutual economic prosperity and create an economy where everyone can thrive,” she said.

While the governor is out of state through Saturday, Secretary of State Adrian Fontes will serve as acting governor.

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