Mexico Side of Pedestrian Crossing Poorly Operated (El Mexicano, 9/26/12)

TIJUANA, BC – It is urgent improved logistics be made for the new pedestrian crossing on the Mexican side, because lines waiting to cross into United States and return collide causing chaos, affecting thousands of users who cross the San Ysidro Point of Entry daily. So said the President of Coparmex Jorge Escalante Martínez when he was interviewed about the impact of the new pedestrian crossing and the manner of operation in Mexican territory.

"It is estimated the entry will receive thousands of people each day and the destination to the city will be saturated, since they encounter those who line-up to cross towards the United States, generating chaos", he stressed. He said that immigration and customs enforcement, the influx of taxis, truck stops, and the movement of cars that pick-up pedestrians are just some of the challenges that must be urgently addressed by federal and municipal governments.

"We hope that users quickly adapt to this change and that authorities as a whole, with carriers, establish adequate organization," he said. "As for the crossing of vehicles at the new El Chaparral Point of Entry, he said in respect to the crossing times stipulated between authorities of United States and Mexico, according to the project development the new checkpoint will create functional movement of the entrance when it begins to operate in November," he said.

It is estimated that it takes an average of 30 seconds for each vehicle to pass through the border checkpoint, as provided by United States General Services Administration authorities. "These times are only if unchecked, if there is an accident, if there is not an inspection by the CBP (Customs and Border Protection) on the side of United States which do not create bottlenecks on the bridges crossing the border," he added.

He stressed the functionality of the new bridges coming out of the Chaparral and its intersection towards the two fast track lanes will be tested, whereas even a short influx will be held-up. He also said that it is urgent to also have a second pedestrian crossing for El Chaparral.

6 million U.S. Jobs Depend on U.S. Trade with Mexico

TIJUANA, BC - One of every 24 American workers depends on trade with Mexico to keep their jobs so economic integration with the neighboring country is increasingly important. El Colef Economic Analyst Alejandro Díaz Bautista, explained that more than 6 million jobs in United States depend on trade with Mexico.

"When we say that Mexico takes away United States jobs, this is not true, since trade with Mexico generates 6 million jobs in the United States," he stressed. "Economic integration between Mexico and the United States has increased in recent years and this is indicated in United States jobs that depend on trade with Mexico as well as the economic contribution of Mexicans to the United States economy", he commented.

"We can say more than $1.25 million is traded across the Mexico-United States border daily, so the United States is the most important trading partner of Mexico, and Mexico is the third leading commercial partner of United States," he said.

He said California is a leader in jobs linked to bilateral trade with Mexico, with 692,240 jobs, followed by New York with 381,238, and Texas with 463,132. Other States such as Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Ohio each trade between the two countries in a wide range of sectors such as transportation, sales, manufacturing and services of more than 200,000 jobs.

During 2011, the United States exported products to Mexico amounting to $174,356, $21,741 million more than in 2008.

"We are thankful to President Barack Obama that each increase of one million dollars of U.S. exports generates more than 6,000 additional jobs in the United States. On the other hand, economic analysis indicates that Mexican migrants contribute 4% of the United States GDP and second- and third-generation Mexican contributions rise to 8% of the GDP of the United States."

"In some States and sectors of the United States the economic contribution of Mexican migrants is very high. Agriculture, forestry and fisheries contribute 18% of the GDP, and construction is 13% of the GDP, while in California the economic contribution of Mexicans reaches 11% of the GDP. In recent years with the reduced migration of Mexicans to the United States, 2nd and 3rd generation United States Mexicans, contribute 8% of the United States GDPhe," said the analyst.


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