Ports of Entry, Lost in the Immigration Debate

Arizona Daily Star border reporter Perla Trevizo had a longish article from this past Sunday’s paper on how ports of entry fit in–or don’t fit in–to the current immigration debate. I commented for the article on this issue that is particularly critical for border communities and for the U.S. and Mexican economies more generally. Long story short, our 47 ports of entry on our shared border with Mexico are critical “membranes” that must do double-duty by providing both security and trade facilitation with Mexico (our third most important trading partner in the world), but they generally receive scant attention from policymakers and the public. Chris Wilson and I wrote on this issue in our trade chapter for the State of the Border Report. In addition, NARP is working on an ongoing initiative called “Realizing the Strategic National Value of Our Trade, Tourism and Ports of Entry with Mexico” with DC think tank NPI, and if you need an overview of the issue you can read the latest report for this initiative here.