The Southern Office of


The Border Legislative Conference

The Border Legislative Conference (BLC) is a joint project of CSG-WEST and the Southern Office/Southern Legislative Conference to develop a self-sustaining program aimed at establishing ongoing dialogue between state legislators on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border. Moreover, the Border Legislative Conference serves as a mechanism for greater participation and cooperation among state legislators in the United States and Mexico on policy issues affecting the border region.

Since its inception as a program funded by a grant from the United States Agency for International Development, the BLC has provided a platform for state legislators of the 10 states on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border to address binational issues. At recent meetings of the BLC, members have discussed topics such as cooperation on transportation, migration, and environmental issues. The Conference has produced a unique directory of elected officials from the six Mexican and four U.S. border states. It has convened meetings with legislative delegations to exchange information on legislative processes, alternating the location of the meeting between states on both sides of the border.

Click here to go to the homepage of the BLC.