New Mexico leading the way on border zone investments and job creation

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today the state’s support for efforts by the federal government of Mexico and the United States to prioritize improvements at the Santa Teresa, N.M./San Jeronimo, Chihuahua Port of Entry to streamline international trade and create jobs.

“The State of New Mexico is honored to have a mutually respectful, shared partnership with federal and state leaders in Mexico,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “We are working together to improve border trade and invest in this region so we can create jobs and benefit every family that relies on the goods and services that pass through the border zone.”

Gov. Lujan Grisham made her announcement after Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes returned from meetings in Mexico City with Mexican federal officials and representatives from Chihuahua, Mexico, and after President Lopez Obrador and U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar announced that Santa Teresa/San Jeronimo will be a strategic border project for both countries.

Keyes was joined by Joseph De La Rosa of the Department of Transportation and Marco Grajeda, executive director of the New Mexico Border Authority. All three have also been involved in the first-ever binational infrastructure task force convened by Ambassador Salazar and have attended the swearing in and inauguration ceremony of Chihuahua Gov. Maria Campos in Sept. 2021.

“The families and businesses along the border will rise and fall together, no matter what side they are on. We all need to pull in the same direction to build a sustainable and dignified border that provides economic security for everyone who lives, works, and depends on the goods and services from these border communities,” Secretary Keyes said.

Mexico Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrand announced Mexico’s commitment to border infrastructure improvements at the Strategic Border Infrastructure Forum in Tijuana, Baja California, along with U.S. Ambassador Salazar.

According to a May 12 release by the Mexican government, Foreign Secretary Ebrard said that the integration between Mexico and the U.S. is underway "thanks to the productive processes and high-level dialogues to streamline our supply chains and production capacity in the pharmaceutical, medical, electromobility, and other sectors."

Mexico has pledged $700 million to projects, including modernization of the San Jerónimo-Santa Teresa crossing and its access roads.

Gov. Lujan Grisham has identified global trade as one of nine target industries that will receive additional state investment as New Mexico works to diversify its economy.

The governor has already allocated funds to boost infrastructure needs along the border with $50 million going towards a Border Highway Connector to boost labor force accessibility, $8 million in water infrastructure, and $20 million to the Doña Ana Jet Port. This is in addition to the federal request her administration submitted for the $170 million expansion at Santa Teresa and the congressional request for a Presidential permit for a rail bypass.

When the State of Texas ordered additional commercial inspections last month, the New Mexico Border Authority worked closely with federal officials to extend the hours at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry so truckers would have an alternative route into the United States.

The Santa Teresa Port of Entry is a primary crossing between the U.S. and Mexico, and the first land port without a bridge structure from the east. Because of this, it serves a critical function for the El Paso and Ciudad Juarez industrial region as the only oversized and overweight port, not limited by space or weight.

Santa Teresa continues to set records in commercial traffic and that is expected to continue increasing, due to consistent heavy congestion in El Paso ports. In the last two years, the port has doubled the number commercial vehicles processed per hour and hit a new record in 2021 by processing more than 150,000 trucks. The port also includes the largest cattle crossing on the southern border, which processes more than 500,000 head of cattle annually.

Content on the Beat

WARNING: All articles and photos with a byline or photo credit are copyrighted to the author or photographer. You may not use any information found within the articles without asking permission AND giving attribution to the source. Photos can be requested and may incur a nominal fee for use personally or commercially.

Disclaimer: If you find errors in articles not written by the Beat team but sent to us from other content providers, please contact the writer, not the Beat. For example, obituaries are always provided by the funeral home or a family member. We can fix errors, but please give details on where the error is so we can find it. News releases from government and non-profit entities are posted generally without change, except for legal notices, which incur a small charge.

NOTE: If an article does not have a byline, it was written by someone not affiliated with the Beat and then sent to the Beat for posting.

Images: We have received complaints about large images blocking parts of other articles. If you encounter this problem, click on the title of the article you want to read and it will take you to that article's page, which shows only that article without any intruders. 

New Columnists: The Beat continues to bring you new columnists. And check out the old faithfuls who continue to provide content.

Newsletter: If you opt in to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option above this to the right, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.

Submitting to the Beat

Those new to providing news releases to the Beat are asked to please check out submission guidelines at They are for your information to make life easier on the readers, as well as for the editor.

Advertising: Don't forget to tell advertisers that you saw their ads on the Beat.

Classifieds: We have changed Classifieds to a cheaper and shorter option. Check periodically to see if any new ones have popped up. The former software failed us, so it's just a category now, with prices posted. Send your information to and we will post it as soon as we can. Instructions and prices are on the page.

Editor's Notes

It has come to this editor's attention that people are sending information to the Grant County Beat Facebook page. Please be aware that the editor does not regularly monitor the page. If you have items you want to send to the editor, please send them to Thanks!

Here for YOU: Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News. Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—

Feel free to notify if you notice any technical problems on the site. Your convenience is my desire for the Beat.  The Beat totally appreciates its readers and subscribers!  

Compliance: Because you are an esteemed member of The Grant County Beat readership, be assured that we at the Beat continue to do everything we can to be in full compliance with GDPR and pertinent US law, so that the information you have chosen to give to us cannot be compromised.