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September 02, 2007

Economy Loses Billions Due to Border Crossing Delays

A study prepared by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and California Department of Transportation found that delays crossing the northbound border cost the San Diego County economy over $2 billion per year. The Imperial Valley Association of Governments (IVAG) is currently finalizing a study with similar findings regarding the Imperial Valley and Mexicali region.

Columnist Patrick Osio Jr. writes that the answer to these money-draining delays is to open more gates, expand existing crossings, and build new crossings. Osio says that funds for the projects have not been found, nor has any member of Congress been willing to push for them. Meanwhile, the 700 miles of double-layer border fencing called for in the Secure Fence Act of 2005 could cost more than $50 billion over 25 years, according to a December 2006 report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

These studies illustrate the need for money to be spent improving efficiency and infrastructure in both rural and urban areas all along the U.S.-Mexico border, rather than just spending money to expand border walls.

Posted by VisaLawyer at September 2, 2007 06:13 PM

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