Even though the policy discussion concerning the Mexico-U.S. border is often focused on security and illegal immigration issues, the amount of commerce that occurs on a daily basis between these North American neighbors has been described as “staggering.” In this edition of CONTEXT, you’ll hear from two members of their respective country’s national legislatures. They provide cross-border perspectives on what can be done by both countries to enhance an already productive relationship.

Filemon Vela, Jr. has been the U.S. Representative for Texas's 34th congressional district since 2013. He is a member of the Democratic Party and serves as Co-Chairman of the Congressional Border Caucus.

Agustín Barrios Gómez is a Mexican politician affiliated with the PRD. He currently serves as Deputy of the LXII Legislature of the Mexican Congress representing the Federal District.