Senators Linda Lopez of Tucson and Jerry Lewis of Mesa say they’ve urged the U.S. Department of Commerce not make a premature decision because of pressure from Florida tomato growers.
Mexico is Arizona’s top trading partner.
The state legislators say the livelihoods of many Arizona businesses and workers depend on two-way trade with Mexico in fresh fruits and vegetables and other products.
They say the economic impact of trade between Arizona and Mexico is almost $12 billion annually.
Lopez and Lewis also say Nogales could lose the $1.3 billion fresh tomato business and risks losing its entire $3 billion produce industry including hundreds, if not thousands of jobs.