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WASHINGTON (MNS) — If American border communities want to solve problems such as pollution coming from Mexico, more U.S.-Mexico integration needs to occur, a Mexican university professor said Tuesday.
The professor also suggested that North American countries adopt a structure similar to the European Union.
‘‘Neither the U.S. nor Mexico is looking at border issues seriously,'' said Isabel Studer of the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales in Mexico City. ‘‘More integration between the countries would help'' border communities.
Interviewed after her speech to the nonpartisan Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Studer said ‘‘formal bilateral institutions'' to address border problems don't exist, but such groups could address issues like finding ways to clean up the highly polluted New River, which flows into the Salton Sea after starting in the Mexicali area.