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Feb 17, 2023

The transformative power of reduced wait times at the US-Mexico border: Economic benefits for border states

By Alejandro Brugués Rodríguez, Noé Arón Fuentes Flores, David Gaytan, John Gibson, Mayra Maldonado, Jason Marczak, Jorge Eduardo Mendoza Cota, José Ángel Moreno, Roberto Ransom, and Ignacia Ulloa-Peters

Atlantic Council's new data shows that a mere 10-minute reduction in wait times – without any additional action – can create thousands of Mexican jobs, grow the gross domestic product (GDP) of several Mexican states, and generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in new spending in the United States.

Economy & Business Inclusive Growth

New Atlanticist

Jan 5, 2023

Biden just tightened US migration policy. Can he calm the surge at the border?

By Atlantic Council experts

We asked our experts what’s behind the policy shifts from the White House and what happens next.

Americas Cuba


Sep 27, 2022

The economic impact of a more efficient US-Mexico border: How reducing wait times at land ports of entry would promote commerce, resilience, and job creation

By Alejandro Brugués Rodríguez, John Byrd, Noé Arón Fuentes Flores, David Gaytan, John Gibson, Camila Hernández, Mayra Maldonado, Jason Marczak, Jorge Eduardo Mendoza Cota, Roberto Ransom, and Ignacia Ulloa

Improvements in border management and the adoption of new technologies at the US-Mexico border have the potential to enhance border security and generate economic benefits for the United States and Mexico through expedited flows of goods and people.

Economy & Business Latin America

Ignacia Ulloa Peters is an assistant director at the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, where she contributes to the center’s Venezuela and Mexico work. During her time at the Atlantic Council, Ulloa Peters has managed the Venezuela Transatlantic Fellowship, a project that seeks to advance transatlantic EU-US nonpartisan engagement on Venezuelan issues while promoting a deeper understanding of the complex crisis. She also co-led a US State Department grant studying the economic impact of implementing enhanced non-invasive screening technology at the US-Mexico border. Prior to her time at the Atlantic Council, Ulloa Peters worked in the Latin America Practice at McLarty Associates, a strategic advisory firm in the field of private-sector diplomacy. Prior to that, she worked as a research analyst at the International Organization for Migration in Costa Rica, and as assistant community participation coordinator at the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development in London. Originally from Chile, Ulloa Peters has lived in the United States, Hong Kong, London, and Panama. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics, sociology, and international development from the University of Notre Dame.