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Congress Secures Funding For San Ysidro Border Project

Above: Cars wait in line at the San Ysidro border crossing.

Three San Diego congressional representatives announced Tuesday remaining funds for the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry infrastructure project have been secured.

Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53), Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52), and Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51) advocated in December for approval of the federal omnibus spending bill, which provides $226 million to complete the project at the world’s busiest international border land crossing.

“Adding more lanes at the border crossing has been something San Diegans and local business leaders have long told me is a top priority for our region,” Rep. Davis said in a joint statement.

“Finishing the border crossing at San Ysidro is the top priority for our regional business community, and securing this funding was my personal infrastructure funding priority for this congress,” Rep. Peters said.

“The improvements that will be made to our border infrastructure will boost our economy and generate jobs, while also increasing border efficiency and security,” Rep. Vargas said.

Phase 1 construction components were completed last month, which include a pedestrian bridge and southbound pedestrian crossing on the east side of the port. Phase II and III had been awaiting funding.

In 2012, more than 11 million passenger vehicles, 68,000 buses and 8 million pedestrians crossed the San Ysidro border. SANDAG also estimates that delays and inefficiency at the border costs the region $7.2 billion in lost output and 62,000 jobs.

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Avatar for user 'thompsonrichard'

thompsonrichard | January 15, 2014 at 9:04 a.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

hurray! ~much anticipated, much needed

Incidentally, in the interim, if you cross the border the entry point is a passageway behind the McDonald's a few steps from the trolley stop.

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | January 15, 2014 at 10:02 a.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

thompsonrichard are you kidding? You have to cross the border behind a McDonalds? Or is there a secret passage back there you can sneak through?

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | January 15, 2014 at 1:43 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

How exactly does increasing lanes across the border generate more jobs for Americans?

I could see how increasing the rate of southbound commercial truck traffic delivering goods to Mexico would create more jobs here, but not the reverse.

Anyone have an answer for that?

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Avatar for user 'DeLaRick'

DeLaRick | January 15, 2014 at 2:47 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

CD,

Increased retail sales by those who don't cross the border because of the ridiculously long northbound wait times. Tijuana's residents spend lots of money in San Diego. I've seen estimates between $75 - $200 million in sales taxes alone.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | January 15, 2014 at 3:11 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

Any estimate with a range as large as $75 - 200 million is just someone plucking numbers out of thin air to fit an agenda.

I would be more interested to see the numbers of remittances from Mexicans living in San Diego to Mexico. According to the World Bank, the overall number from the US to Mexico is $22 billion per year. That is a DIRECT LOSS for our economy.

Not to mention the tens of thousands of manufacturing and agricultural jobs lost to Mexico because of their weak labor and environmental laws. Opening up the border will only expand that.

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Avatar for user 'aztec69'

aztec69 | January 15, 2014 at 3:14 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

They should have contracted this out to one of the drug cartels. I'll bet they could have done it for a tenth the money in a quarter of the time.

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Missionaccomplished | January 15, 2014 at 9 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

CA OFFENDER, Mexican and other Latin American immigrants, often wire money back home because it is PRECISELY THAT, HOME. It is to support their families and/or build their own house or start a small business. Once this is accomplished, they usually return. So FEAR NOT because I know you do.

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Avatar for user 'DeLaRick'

DeLaRick | January 16, 2014 at 7:15 a.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

CD,

You're crossing the border into Bigotryland with assertions like those. The reason the estimates have such a wide-range is that it's very difficult to differentiate sales taxes paid by Tijuana residents and those paid by residents from other parts of Mexico. Your prejudice aside, Mexicans spend lots of money in San Diego.

"Not to mention the tens of thousands of manufacturing and agricultural jobs lost to Mexico because of their weak labor and environmental laws. Opening up the border will only expand that."

That's an unbalanced comment. What do you know about manufacturing or farming in Mexico, anyway? The U.S. and Mexico do BIG BUSINESS in both sectors. Your cantankerous comments don't change that. Let's have a little fun with this. I'll buy you dinner for 2 at your favorite restaurant if you can name any of the prominent Mexican businessmen who reside here in San Diego part time ... without trying to Google them. If you don't know who they are, you're not qualified to speak about Mexican business and its relationship to San Diego.

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | January 16, 2014 at 7:34 a.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

@DLR, yes, very true. It was PRECISELY MEXCIAN SHOPPERS from Tijuana--not local Latinos--who kept the old Price Club (now Costco) on Broadway in Chula Vista financially afloat in the 80s! That's just one example.

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Avatar for user 'DeLaRick'

DeLaRick | January 16, 2014 at 7:51 a.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

Mission,

Only those with bad memories forget the drastic drop in retail sales throughout the South Bay following the border's near shut-down following 9/11/01.

"... sales taxes paid by Tijuana residents and those paid by residents from other parts of Mexico." Should be "... visitors from other parts of Mexico."

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