The US-Mexico border – and efficient, but secure commercial and non-commercial traffic – brings economic opportunities to border communities but also nationwide. With supply chain reconfigurations, greater efficiencies at our shared border will increasingly be vital for US and Mexican economic interests. Already, approximately one in every 29 jobs in the United States depend on trade with Mexico, while the more than one million jobs in Mexico’s automotive industry depend on exports to the United States.

But what is the untapped economic potential of the border? And how do economic improvements also enhance security? Find out at the launch of an economic impact study – with data never before presented – that shows the economic implications of just a 10-minute reduction in border wait times. This latest Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center project comes following consultations and analytical work throughout 2022 in collaboration with the University of Texas and El Colegio de la Frontera Norte and in partnership with the US Department of State.

Join us in person at the Atlantic Council studios or virtually on Tuesday, September 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET for a public, hybrid event on the economic and security benefits of creating a more efficient US-Mexico border.

Special remarks

The Hon. Todd Robinson
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
US Department of State


Tobin Bradley
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
US Department of State

César Remis
Head of the Office for the Implementation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, Secretariat of Economy
United Mexican States

Roberto Ransom
Operations Director, Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness
University of Texas at El Paso

Natalie Kitroeff
Foreign Correspondent Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
New York Times

Closing remarks

David Cloe
Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs – Western Hemisphere, Office of International Affairs, Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans
US Department of Homeland Security

*Additional speakers to be announced

The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center broadens understanding of regional transformations and delivers constructive, results-oriented solutions to inform how the public and private sectors can advance hemispheric prosperity.