A $350,000 proposal by the New Mexico Border Authority for the Columbus port will be presented Friday during a meeting at the Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque of representatives from New Mexico and the neighboring Mexican state of Chihuahua, as well as other border states.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that recent flood damage means approximately 450 U.S. children who live in Palomas, Mexico, now have to walk through mud to get to school bus stops.
The director of the New Mexico Border Authority, William Mattiace, said the proposed work on the U.S. side of the border needs to be mirrored on the Mexican side.
He said, for example, if you build a four-lane road on the Mexican side, you have to have a matching four-lane road on the U.S. side or it’s not going to work.
A Washington Post article published in September said there is a longstanding state and federal policy allowing women in Palomas to give birth at the nearest hospital, which is in Deming.
Since the babies are born in New Mexico, they are automatically U.S. citizens, and this enables them to attend schools in Columbus and Deming.