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NPT DC: Mayors John Cook and Jose Reyes Ferriz to be honored as part of annual Border Issues Conference in D.C. next week

News release from the office of U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes:

SPEAKER PELOSI, MEXICAN AMBASSADOR SARUKHAN, ASSISTANT SECRETARY JOHNSON, EL PASO MAYOR COOK, JUAREZ MAYOR REYES-FERRIZ TO JOIN CHAIRMAN SILVESTRE REYES AT THE 13TH ANNUAL U.S.-MEXICO CONGRESSIONAL BORDER ISSUES CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX-16), Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX-10), and Al Zapanta, President & CEO of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, today announced that Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, Assistant Secretary David Johnson, El Paso Mayor John Cook, Ciudad Juárez Mayor José Reyes-Ferriz, FOX News Senior Correspondent, Geraldo Rivera, and others will participate in the 13th Annual Border Issues Conference in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, March 19, 2009.

WHO: Congressman Silvestre Reyes, Congressman Michael McCaul, Al Zapanta, President & CEO of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, and other Members of Congress and distinguished panelists from the United States and Mexico

WHAT: 13th Annual U.S.-Mexico Border Issues Conference

WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Gold Room (Room 2168)

WHEN: Wednesday, March 18, 2009

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (reception)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (conference)

The primary purpose of this conference is to highlight the continuing concern expressed by organizations and institutions working along the U.S.-Mexico border about issues affecting the region, the misunderstandings that arise from them, and the federal policies that are made in response to them. The objective of the conference is to provide policy makers with a more complete and accurate understanding of these issues and offer effective solutions.

The conference will include a panel discussion on the Merida Initiative as well as two roundtable sessions— each designed to address key issues of importance to U.S.-Mexico relations. These issues are: Immigration Reform and Labor Mobility; and Economic Outlook and Infrastructure Modernization.

13th Annual U.S.- Mexico Congressional Border Issues Conference

TENTATIVE AGENDA
(agenda subject to change)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Gold Room, Rayburn House Office Building

6:00 – 7:30 pm CONGRESSIONAL RECEPTION HONORING CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS

Master of Ceremonies: Honorable Al Zapanta (confirmed)

Welcoming and Introduction of Special Guests:

Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) (confirmed)

Guests of Honor:

– Honorable Arturo Sarukhan, Ambasador of Mexico to the United States (confirmed)

– Honorable John Cook, Mayor, City of El Paso, TX (confirmed)

– Honorable Jose Reyes Ferriz, Mayor of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua (confirmed)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Gold Room, Rayburn House Office Building

9:00 – 9:20 am WELCOME

Welcoming and Introduction:

Honorable Al Zapanta, President, USMCOC

Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX)

Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX) (confirmed)

9:20 – 11:00 am ROUNDTABLE: IMMIGRATION REFORM & LABOR MOBILITY

Co-conveners: Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA) (confirmed)

Congressman Dan Lungren (R-CA) (invited)

Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) (invited)

Moderator: Jennifer Johnson, Senior Associate, Latin American Working Group

Panelists: (all confirmed)

– Clarissa Martinez de Castro, Director, Immigration and National Campaigns, National Council of La Raza

– Kathleen Walker, Former National President of American Immigration Lawyers Association

– Geraldo Rivera, Host of “Geraldo at Large” FOX News Channel

– Oscar Kuri, Director General, Coalición Empresarial Pro Libre comercio S.C.

– Aracely García Granados, Executive Director, Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together

11:00 – 12:30 pm ROUNDTABLE: ECONOMIC OUTLOOK AND INFRASTRUCTURE MODERNIZATION

Co-conveners: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ)

Congressman Kay Granger (R-TX) invited

Moderator: – Carlos Angulo, Board Member, Border Trade Alliance

Panelists:

– Juan Antonio Flores, Assistant Director for Public Affairs, North American

Development Bank (confirmed)

– Alison J. Germak, Public Information Officer, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (confirmed)

– Rick Van Schoik, North American Center for Transborder Studies (confirmed)

– Gerald Schwebel, Board Member, Border Trade Alliance (invited)

12:30 – 1:45 pm LUNCHEON Keynote Speaker:

– Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (confirmed)

2:00 – 4:00 pm FORUM: MERIDA INITIATIVE & U.S.-MEXICO SECURITY COOPERATION

Moderator: Honorable Al Zapanta

Panelists:

– Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX)

– Congressman Mike McCaul (R-TX)

– Congressman Solomon Ortiz (D-TX) (confirmed)

– Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) (confirmed)

– Juan Jose Bravo, Administrator, Mexico’s General Customs Administration (invited)

– David Johnson, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law

Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Department of State (confirmed)

– Steve Johnson, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere

Affairs (confirmed)

4:00 p.m. ADJOURN

A pre-conference reception will be held on Wednesday, March 18th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Gold Room (Room 2168) of the Rayburn House Office Building. As part of this year’s event, we are pleased to announce that we will be honoring Arturo Sarukhan, Mexico’s Ambassador to the United States at the conference reception, for his commitment to the issues affecting the U.S.-Mexico border. We will also be honoring Mayor John Cook, City of El Paso, Texas, and Mayor José Reyes Ferriz, Municipality of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

March 12, 2009 at 2:15 pm

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  1. He’s not being honored, he is attending. Big difference. He might feel honored to attend but he is not receiving an award or special recognition.

    Rey

    March 12, 2009 at 2:50 pm


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