Cronkite News Service
June 13, 2011
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce laid out a coordinated border plan Wednesday that calls for combined improvements in infrastructure, security, immigration policies and trade, instead of the current piecemeal approach.
The public and private investment in such a program is needed to create a 21st century U.S.-Mexico border that will allow both countries to be secure and to compete in the global economy, the report said.
“Our security and our prosperity intersect at the border,” said former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, chairman of the U.S. Chamber’s National Security Task Force, who unveiled the report.