Private investment can relieve bottlenecks at the U.S.-Mexico border

Bottlenecks are threatening to choke off the vitality of U.S.-Mexico trade, states the San Antonio Express-News in today’s editorial.

The ports of entry at the Southwest border demand more lanes, bridges and inspection stations for the trucks that carry 85 percent of the goods that move across the border.

Neither the U.S. federal government or its Mexican counterpart have enough funds for this infrastructure but projects could be financed by the San Antonio-based North American Development Bank. But the problem is that U.S. government agencies responsible for building and staffing border trade facilities. The General Services Administration and Customs and Border Protection — are barred from using funds other than those appropriated by Congress.

Bipartisan legislation introduced by Rep. Henry Cuellar, R-Laredo, and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, would end this prohibition and enable federal-state and public-private cooperation on trade infrastructure projects.

If Congress won’t invest in the infrastructure needed to alleviate the constraints on U.S.-Mexico trade, it should at least make it possible for states, municipalities and private entities to do so.

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About tanialara

Tania Lara has a vast experience working as a journalist in Mexico and the U.S. reporting in-depth about the economic contributions and realities of Mexican immigrants. This summer, she will be covering border issues and elections for the 21st Century Border Initiative blog. Her stories about complex cross border matters have been published in Spanish-language media outlets including CNN México, Expansión, and ¡Ahora Sí!, as well as the English-language newspaper The Austin American-Statesman.
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