The Mexican Border and California's Economy

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The recent crack down on border security has reduced the number of crossings at San Ysidro and Otay Mesa, 99% of which are perfectly legal. Today's  San Diego Union-Tribune reports a 21% drop in the past three years at San Ysidro and 24% at Otay Mesa.  That’s bad for business, not just in the border towns but all of Southern California, including LA and Orange Counties.  Delays at the border are costing the region billions of dollars. How bad is it? What will it take to restore business as usual on both sides of the border?



  • Kenn Morris - President, Crossborder Group
  • Kevin Cottrell - Executive Director, Southern California Leadership Network
  • David Ayon - Director of the Focus Mexico Project, Loyola Marymount University
  • Héctor Tobar - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of “Our Migrant Souls: A Meditation on Race and the Meanings and Myths of ‘Latino’”


Warren Olney


Karen Radziner