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Arizona Edition: Closures impact San Luis Port as improvement work continues

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News about the United States-Mexico border in recent years is generally focused on illegal border crossers and the security implications of their efforts to enter the United States.

But the story of the U.S.-Mexico border is about more than just immigration.

In 2022 the U.S. traded more than $855 billion dollars in goods and services with the world’s 14th largest economy, according to the International Trade Administration.

Buna George, executive director of the Greater Yuma Port Authority, speaks with KAWC's Victor Calderon about cross-border trade, a major port improvement project in San Luis, and the impact the closing of the Lukeville Port of Entry is having on border wait times locally.

We also caught up with Rep. Rueben Gallego at the Somerton Tamale Festival.

The Arizona Democrat is running to replace Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and was in town to meet voters and serve as a festival judge.

Lou grew up in Tucson and has a long family history in the state of Arizona. He began his public radio career in 1988 at KNAU in Flagstaff as a classical music DJ and has been hooked on public radio since, transitioning to news after trying his hand at several other careers in publishing and commercial broadcasting. Lou has a degree in American Studies from Arizona State University and was KAWC's Morning Edition host for two and half years before becoming News and Operations Director.
Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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