Looking to increase trade ties, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Thursday. Castro also updated the president on U.S. immigration reform.
Peña Nieto’s presidential term is only several months old and Castro said he’s looking for ways to improve the flow of trade between the two neighbors. Castro said he was in Mexico City looking to promote San Antonio as a major trade hub for Mexico.
"We already have a lot of companies that invest in Mexico and we have a lot of Mexican companies that invest in the United States and San Antonio and we are going to do what we can to strengthen that," said Castro.
Mexico’s economy has been improving, which has resulted in a sharp reduction in illegal immigration.
"Of course we touched on the issue of immigration reform that’s happening in the Unites States right now," said Castro. "That’s going to have a profound impact on San Antonio. And I relayed my experience of testifying a couple of weeks ago to Congress on the issue."
Castro said San Antonio can play an important role in a growing relationship with Mexico and other countries to the south.
Castro said he invited Peña Nieto to make a presidential trip to San Antonio and that he was receptive to the idea but didn’t commit.