Public demands from states along the U.S.-Mexico border – California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas – will prove to be the biggest opposition against any changes the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump may try to make regarding trade with Mexico and related border controls. These states’ economies depend on bilateral trade with Mexico. Elected officials from the border states will feel more pressure to respond to their states’ needs rather than to support federal plans that would potentially jeopardize local economies and their own re-elections.
U.S. states along the Mexico border have economies that rely heavily on Mexico as both an export market and for integrated production of goods.
Together, these four state economies account for a quarter of U.S. gross domestic product.
Border states have the largest numbers of eligible Hispanic and Latino voters nationwide.
Politicians in border states must meet the needs and demands of their electo