On Monday, February 4th, while Bob Filner met with federal officials, his San Diego mayoral office told the city the Mayor plans to do more work on the border points of entry to increase bilateral commerce. Improvements at the entry ports will have to continue to stop the long delays from holding back productive work from being done in the 100,00 jobs SANDAG has said are in local leaders' hands.
The Mayor met with federal lawmakers in Washington, DC to ask for new federal investments in border construction. The planned improvements, his office said, fit in the President's plan for federal immigration reform that will open up the border to increased trade. Bilateral border trade in San Diego is already worth 600 billion dollars.
Without expanded border entry crossing that ease the delays, San Diego could lose 12 billion dollars by 2017.
The U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego handles 2,000 trucks a day, making it the nation's busiest port of entry. The improved border crossing efficiency Filner plans will save exporters export to the U.S.'s second largest export market, Mexico, money.
This is a Center Line Policy Alert.