More Bridges, Fewer Walls
By Jesús Aguado
Javier Gonzáles, Mayor of Santa Fe, New Mexico, recently arrived in San Miguel de Allende in order to renew the two municipalities’ agreement to continue as sister cities.
In addition, a duel between equine clubs from the two cities is on the agenda.
Gonzales arrived in San Miguel on February 14. He told Atención that the city is perfect and beautiful, with delicious cuisine and friendly people.
“We came down here to meet people and make sure that there are opportunities to grow our cultural relationships through tourism and business and to become stronger human bond. We are excited about the future of the two towns.”
During the signing of the agreement with the local City Council, González said that societies of the world should build more bridges and fewer walls. He told Atención that Santa Fe and San Miguel have many similarities because in his city, 40 percent of the population is immigrant and there is a strong Mexican presence. “They have become part of our families,” he noted.
Mayor González also remarked that the Trump Era, “focused on building walls and disqualifying all those who are from a different country or have a different skin color,” the most important thing is for each of our two countries to prove that strength [together] is possible, thanks to collaborations like this—the signing of a sisterhood.
“The truth is that in our country today, there are people who live in fear because they have no documentation. In Santa Fe, we have done whatever we can to welcome everybody, as long as they do not commit violent crimes. I want to build relationships with Mexican citizens.”
Also, according to Gonzáles, the interest in reviving the sister cities agreement with San Miguel arose from the idea of developing a Sister City Cup—a tournament in which equine teams from both cities can compete. A tournament has been scheduled for 2019 between Otomí Grand Prix and Hípico Santa Fe.
“This is an opportunity to collaborate, share knowledge, and learn how to grow together with easy things that come from artistic exchanges,” he said.