Mayor Salinas Looks Forward To Working With Mexico President
"We need to have a president in Mexico that is willing to work side by side with the United States to continue to promote international trade, economic development. That's what we really need."
Mayor of Laredo, Raul Salinas, is anxious to see who will be elected the new president of Mexico. He tells us that there are record numbers of voters. Saturday we brought you video of I-35 south headed into Mexico at a stand still. We're told there was a two hour wait to cross into Mexico, all with people eager to vote.
"People in the United States won't go around the block and people are willing to spend the little money they have to go back to their country to vote. When I see our voter turnout, I say wow I wish we had more voter participation."
Salinas says he is looking forward to working with the new president since the sister cities play an intricate part in the import trade business. But he also wants to help crack down on the organized crime.
"80% of drugs that are being consumed are being consumed in the United States. With the new president, I want to make sure that we work together to ensure that we are able to stop the movement of money, drugs and stolen cars."
We spoke to a man who feels a new president won't stop the violence similar to what occurred Friday at the city hall building in Nuevo Laredo.
"We live downtown here in Laredo and we hear the gunfire very often. We hear the helicopters overhead."
This Laredo resident says he doesn't expect to see any change.
"The drug problem is so pervasive and so deep and there's so much money and the corruption is so wide spread that I have my doubts."