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Trump trade, immigration policies: A hit to San Diego economy?

Roger Showley, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

Friday, February 10, 2017

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Traffic moves along Baja California's Highway 2 toll road between Otay and Tecate. The international border fence is visible in the background. Traffic moves along Baja California's Highway 2 toll road between Otay and Tecate. The international border fence is visible in the background. (John Gibbins / U-T)

Kelly Cunningham, National University System

YES:  San Diego already essentially has a wall with Mexico. Heightened security to legally cross the border will have detrimental effects, as experienced following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Both San Diego and Baja California benefit from NAFTA’s heightened trade policies. Each nation’s competitive advantages come with efficiencies allocated to growing industries arising on both sides of the border. Protectionist anti-trade policies stem the free flow of trade, which in the end harm citizens in both nations.