Governance in Imperial County and Mexicali at the U.S.–Mexico Border during the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Kimberly Collins Assistant Professor, Public Administration, California State University, San Bernardino


The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the lives of those living in the United States–Mexico border. From the Imperial Valley–Mexicali region, along the California– Baja California border, we find two interesting cases in public management that were impacted by the border population—medical care and informal importation of consumer goods. A lack of federal policy and guidance to improve the quality of life for people in the region leads us to rethink the role of governments and governance in the border region.