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Border city representatives met in Tucson for a bi-national conference to discuss border challenges and opportunities.

Tucson’s Mexican Consul Ricardo Pineda and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild say economic and social relationships between Mexico and Arizona are better now than they had been for the last few years.

That’s why about a dozen advisers from the Institute of Mexicans Abroad are meeting in Tucson to share what’s working in their states and what challenges they face.

“In essence what we do is we are advisers to the Mexican government in terms of policy creation for improving the relationship between the two countries," said Ricardo Castro Salazar, who is the Tucson representative and leads the institute committee.

He said people in Arizona and lawmakers across the county need to see the border as more than a physical line between the U.S. and Mexico.

“We have borders and frontiers in many different arenas culturally socially economically, linguistically speaking and we want to address those issues and explore the phenomena that we live here in Tucson," he said.

Pineda said by looking at what is happening in border cities, such as Tucson, government officials can get a sense of what happens in both the U.S and