Mexico spent $163 billion on U.S. goods in 2010, and trade with Mexico sustains six million jobs in the U.S. This is economic value that for many in the U.S. remains “hidden in plain sight.”
Part of the reason is that when you mention Mexico’s border with the United States, many people think of the immigration issue, not economics.
The border’s economic value isn’t hidden in the Greater San Diego Region. Tim Kelley of the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation says, “When I talk about the border in other parts of California, people think of it as a problem. We don’t.”
That’s because when Kelley and his colleagues think about the border, they see job creation and global competition and a continuing economic opportunity.