The U.S. government has been single-mindedly focused on border security since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, preventing the San Diego-Tijuana region from reaching its full economic, social and cultural potential, according to a report released Thursday.
The report, co-authored by an internationally known urbanist who studies global competitiveness, calls for more efficient cross-border transportation infrastructure at ports of entry. It urges improved government systems and technologies that facilitate the crossings of people and goods across the border. It demands a reduced role for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in border management, and greater participation by the departments of State and Commerce.
“Our national security concerns are real and urgent,” writes one of the report’s authors, Richard Florida, an urban studies professor who has written about mega-regions as drivers of global economic growth. “But we are not meeting them by tying up trucks in traffic, interrupting supply chains and torturing blameless business travelers and tourists with long lines and cumbersome bureaucracies.”