Plans to ease security and trade flow problems at the Calexico point of entry came closer to an end in the rounds of government weighings in at a May 20th Foreign Affairs COmmittee hearing. Rep. Juan Vargas (D-San Diego), a committee member from the district that covers southern San Diego and Imperial County, near the Mexico border, aligned his plans for building a new, more secure, Calexico point of entry with State Department Assistant Secretary Roberta Jacobson.
". Her enthusiasm for the project showed that the U.S. Department of State understands the vital role our borders play in the safety and economic viability of our country," Vargas said.
The mass U.S.-Mexico trade crossing, after the construction team makes the point of entry more efficient, will give U.S. and Mexican traders a high traffic border needed to free up trade opportunities. Vargas said, “The current antiquated Calexico Port of Entry not only drains our economy, but also creates security inefficiencies. Investing in this crucial border infrastructure project will create jobs, boost the nation’s economy and facilitate efficient, financially lucrative trade with Mexico."
Increased trade opportunities in the border work fields will end a long period binational plans to development community economies in Mexico using a substandard border crossing have fallen short. "Modernizing and expanding the Calexico Port of Entry will result in a border crossing equipped to handle the ever-growing needs of the binational region.”
Long border lines stay erratic. Leaving the border open to security problems while the Mexican and U.S. governments continue the fight against narcotics trafficking related crime.
The State Department is staking out territory in Mexican states to work on developing communities with growing economies young Mexican workers at risk of engaging in crime have an opportunity to make a decision to do productive work. Limited economic successes along the routes to Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez have made jobs uncertain.
Partnerships with Cisco and CEMEX set up training for young workers who can take an opportunity to enter a work field in the growing technology and construction industries. Binational steps taken to create green jobs will not stop. The Cleantech Challenge Mexico leads work on developing the southern country's clean technology industry.
Securing the Calexico point of entry will close off opportunities to engage in the criminal activity that the State Department finds one of the overwhelming threats to Mexico's economic development. With a secure border crossing, the two countries can use less caution building the Mexican economy up to a stage the country's citizens can develop the economy on their own.
THis is an On The Watch Take.