Below that please find Erik Lee, Deputy Director of the North American Center for Transborder Studies and co-writer of the report talking on KJZZ FM talking about the importance of tourism to the southwest region.
The United States is missing out on tremendous untapped potential among Mexican tourists. That’s one of the findings of a recent study conducted by the North American Center for Transborder Studies at Arizona State University. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.
AL MACIAS: The report says the recession, lengthy visa application requirements and a focus on border security have cost the U.S. The study says there is a latent demand for travel to the U.S. by Mexicans. In 2010 Mexican tourists spent $8.7 billion in the United States. Erik Lee is one of the authors of the study. He says 85 percent of the 13.5 million legal Mexican tourists who entered the United States last year came through land entries.
ERIK LEE: The major beneficiaries of that cross border flow of tourists are cities like El Paso, Nogales, Tucson, San Diego. Obviously the closer to the border that a city is, the better to benefit from that tourism flow.
AL MACIAS: The study acknowledges the need for maintaining border security but says those efforts should not prevent law-abiding tourists from visiting the United States.
Texas lawmaker: U.S.-Mexico border's no war zoneA hearing in the Texas state legislature heats up when State Senator Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso accuses State Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples of fanning the flamesof border rhetoric which miss-characterizes the region as a war zone.
Alabama Immigration Law Update Draws Criticism, Bucks National Trend A hearing on Alabama's harsh anti-immigration law highlights the deep divide in the state as lawmakers and farmers joined sides with immigrant rights groups in voicing their strong disapproval of the law.
No Motive in Killing of Two Immigrants in Arizona Several days after the brutal murder of two unarmed undocumented immigrants riding in the back of a pick up truck in the Arizona border region, no motive has been found
Importing Undocumented Immigrants-Into Private Georgia Prisons: In an attempt to stave off bankruptcy of a local prison, a small town in Georgia persuades ICE to house detained undocumented immigrants.
Gunmen kill two Undocumented Immigrants in Arizona: On the American side of the Arizona border two armed gunman opened fire on a truck carrying undocumented immigrants, killing two.
Sheriff Babeu faces federal investigation, other probes: Immigrant and Border hardliner Paul Babeau is under scrutiny as he is sued by a former co worker and is under investigation from the Federal Government for campaign violations.
Condoleezza Rice: 'I Don't Know When Immigrants Became The Enemy,' Former Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice recently admitted that one of her greatest regret about serving in the Bush Administration was the missed opportunity at passing Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
Immigration law draws fire in public hearing by House panel considering rewrite: At a recent hearing on Alabama's controversial state passed immigration law, citizens of Alabama voiced their strong opposition for the law.
US turns to Mexican newspaper ads to counter drug smugglers who target unwitting job-seekers: The United States government uses newspaper advertisements in Mexico to combat drug smugglers.
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Sensible Improvements on Immigration The Washington Post weighs in on President Obama's latest move to fix our broken immigration system by examining in totality all that his administration has done on this contentious issue.
Alabama Panel to Discuss Revisions to State Immigration Law In Alabama the state legislature is set to review new legislation which seeks to rewrite their state passed immigration law.
Truck Border Crossings Rose 2.6% Last Year After much debate and finally agreement over how to allow access of trucks from Mexico and Canada to enter the United States, crossings have risen 2.6%.
Arizona immigration law divides party Former Arizona State Senate President Russell Pearce is attempting to make a comeback in the state legislature, revealing deep rifts within the Arizona Republican party.
Immigration chief outlines his priorities The director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has unveiled his priorities for 2012, some of them may surprise you.
Feds try to make U.S.-Mexico border less enticing to cross In an attempt to stop undocumented immigrants from entering the United States the Border Patrol is utilizing a communications campaign designed to inform Mexican migrants of the perils of crossing the desert.
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Obama proposes new rule for immigrant families The Obama Administration is proposing a tweak to current immigration law which would allow undocumented immigrants who are immediate relatives of citizens could stay in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency with the goal is to reduce a family's time apart.
Ryan Defends Romney On Immigration Record Paul Ryan has gone to the mats to promote Mitt Romneys immigration plan. The only problem Romney doesn't have one.
Alabama Immigration Law Opponents Won't Be Joined By Top Auto Manufacturer Auto Manufacturers hurt by Alabama's anti immigration legislation have decided that they will not be joining the laws opponents in a lawsuit to stop the harsh law.
GOP Debate Features Brawl over Immigration and Health Care As the Republican primary in Florida draws nearer, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich continued to trade blows over whose stance on immigration was more extreme.
Romney assures Florida’s Hispanic voters the GOP isn’t ‘anti-immigrant’ as primary day nears Also at last nights debate, this dynamic was on display in a major way, when the two candidates where not fighting each other, they were trying desperately to mask the Republican parties recent anti-immigrant rhetoric.
Mitt Romney furious Newt Gingrich’s over ‘anti-immigrant’charge