Jon Barela, chief executive officer, Borderplex Alliance

Borderplex CEO Barela joins U.S. Secretary of State Blinken in historic first virtual border visit

The Borderplex Alliance announced Friday that their chief executive officer, Jon Barela took part in Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s “virtual trip,” to Mexico and Canada.

“Our region is a model for international cooperation, globalization, and commerce. I’m grateful to Secretary Blinken, the Department of State, and the administration for making the Borderplex region a priority, emphasizing our strengths, and his gracious comments about our organization and community,” Barela shared.

This was Secretary Blinken’s first virtual trip and the first time a sitting Secretary of State has ever visited the region.

State Department officials said that Secretary Blinken’s virtual travel prioritizes the health and safety of everyone involved, while demonstrating the significance of the partnerships with the US’s neighbors and some of closest partners.

“The United States and Mexico enjoy a strong partnership, and this trip reinforces the importance of that relationship under the Biden Administration.  During his trip to Mexico, Secretary Blinken will meet individually with Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard and Secretary of Economy Tatiana Clouthier.,” State Department officials shared.

As part of the virtual visit, Blinken visited with his Mexican counterparts about bilateral trade relationship, shared security challenges, regional migration, climate change, and other issues of mutual interest.

During a visit to the Paso Del Norte port of entry — which links El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico — Secretary Blinken and Foreign Secretary Ebrard discussed cooperation between Mexico and the United States to manage migration flows and travel across the U.S.-Mexico border.

From Mexico, Secretary Blinken will travel virtually to Canada, and follow up on the outcomes of President Biden’s meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau — his first virtual bilateral meeting as President — including the U.S.-Canada Partnership Roadmap the leaders jointly announced on Tuesday.