U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will be joined by more than 40 government and law enforcement officials from the United States and Mexico on Wednesday at the congresswoman's first Binational Border Security Summit in Douglas, Arizona.
The goals of the summit are to determine ways in which the U.S. and Mexico can work together to address the violence and to review the potential impact on border security of the immigration reform legislation now before Congress.
The two-hour summit begins at 1 p.m. at the Douglas Visitors Center, 345 16th Street.
In addition to Giffords, the list of participants includes:
ˆRobert Gilbert, Chief Patrol Agent of the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector
ˆEric Odden, Patrol Agent in Charge of the Border Patrol's Douglas Station
ˆCochise County Sheriff Larry Dever
ˆDouglas Mayor Ray Borane
ˆSierra Vista Mayor Bob Strain
ˆBisbee Mayor Ronald Oertle
ˆDouglas Police Chief Charles Austin
ˆSierra Vista Deputy Police Chief Tom Alinen
ˆBisbee Police Chief Jim Elkins
ˆAgua Prieta Municipal President Jose Antonio Cuadras Garcia
ˆAgua Prieta Director of Public Safety Alfonso Novoa Novoa
ˆNaco Municipal President Jose Lorenzo Villegas Vasquez
ˆCananea Director of Public Safety Reinaldo Palomino
ˆCommander of the Military Garrison of Agua Prieta Marco Armando Islas Garcia
ˆSonora Attorney General Abel Murrieta Gutierrez
ˆRanchers John Ladd and Josiah Austin