Promote Investment and Help Deportees: Mayors – by Roberto Santillán (Diario Tijuana)

Tijuana—January 18, 2017.- Exemptions from land use fees, streamlining of paperwork, forgiveness of debts and fines—these were some of the benefits, along with establishing a “plan for deportees”, that the 461 National Action Party (PAN) mayors agreed to implement during the 40th session of the National Association of Mayors (ANAC) as part of their plan to address the threats of President Donald Trump.

During a press conference at the Hotel Lucerna, the PAN mayors from the states of Puebla, Coahuila, Hidalgo, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí, Querétaro, and Mexico City declared that one of the best ways to retain foreign companies in the country is for municipalities to offer benefits that prevent the withdrawal of investment.

Underscoring that, the president of the ANAC, Enrique Vargas del Villar, said that they would begin campaigns to facilitate the paperwork for foreign businesses, as well as other benefits.

Regarding those measures, the mayor of Tijuana, Juan Manuel Gastélum Buenrostro, thanked the mayors for their visit and affirmed that he fully supported the plan, observing that Tijuana cannot afford to have its growth and development impeded by foreign policy issues.

Regarding the issue of the possible mass deportation of Mexicans from the United States, which could be more than three million people, the mayors of border cities will meet to implement a “plan for repatriation” that consists of special programs to provide temporary employment through federal funding, as well as helping those who want to return to their hometowns.

Finally, Enrique Vargas named the mayor of Tijuana, Juan Manuel Gastélum, as vicepresident of border affairs, to head the working group and to design effective strategies to confront Trump’s anti-Mexican policies.

This article was selected for translation by TBI’s Guest Editor and Advisory Council Member, Miguel Aguirre. It is available in its original at:

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