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How Shutting Down San Ysidro Border Crossing Impacts Region’s Economy

A group of people waiting to cross into Mexico through the PedWest pedestrian...

Credit: Jean Guerrero

Above: A group of people waiting to cross into Mexico through the PedWest pedestrian entrance, which was closed on November 25, 2018.

How Shutting Down San Ysidro Border Crossing Impacts Region's Economy

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Paola Avila, vice president of international affairs, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

Transcript

About 100,000 people legally cross the San Ysidro Port of Entry on the U.S.-Mexico border every day.

But for five hours on Sunday, the port was closed to all traffic after hundreds of migrants in Tijuana ran toward the U.S.-Mexico border and clashed with U.S. border officials.

The San Ysidro Port of Entry is the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere.

So how has the border closure affected the economy on both sides of the border? And what are the short-term and long-term implications if border disruptions become more common?

Paola Avila, vice president of international affairs at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, discusses the economics behind shutting down the border, Tuesday on Midday Edition.

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