Panel: U.S.-Mexico border issues hinder economic opportunities


Christopher Leon
Cronkite News
June 5, 2012

The U.S.-Mexico border holds a huge opportunity for increased trade and job creation, but it has become increasingly difficult to develop those opportunities since 2000, experts said Friday.

Increased security has caused a “thickening” of the border, handicapping businesses and tourists with long delays, said Christopher Wilson of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

“Border friction costs us,” Wilson said. “We don’t have to give up security to get efficiency, or efficiency to get security.”

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