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Common misperceptions about the U.S.-Mexico border focus on issues of crime and security. But did you know that the commerce crossing the border each year, ranked as if it were a country, would represent the fourth largest economy in the world? Current productivity is enormous, and there is still great potential for growth. 

To gain a deeper understanding of perceptions and issues related to the U.S.-Mexico border, we spoke with Andrew Selee, one of the key contributors to a new publication, “The State of the Border Report,” a document that provides a comprehensive look at the challenges and potential represented by this most vital region. The full report can be found here.


Andrew Selee

Andrew Selee

Former Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute;
President, Migration Policy Institute
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The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by Luis Téllez and Earl Anthony Wayne, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute.   Read more

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