HOW MIGHT WE IMPROVE THE BORDER CROSSING EXPERIENCE FOR ALL?
San Ysidro is the biggest port of entry in the United States. Currently the process to cross the border is lengthy and tedious and results in long lines of vehicles on either side, which also impacts the experience of pedestrians trying to cross. This arduous commute is part of the daily lives of several people that work, study or have family across the border and these frequent trips can also have a negative impact on their physical, mental and emotional health. Facilitating their commute and alleviating potential health burdens is important to encourage better cross-border relationships. Current attempts at forging cross border relationships such as the friendship park are superficial at best, with time to meet relatives dramatically reduced in the recent past. Border issues affected by national policy and public attitudes and can have long ranging effects on individual and community health.