Commercial border crossings in El Paso slow to snail’s pace after Texas steps up security -Breaking
Jose Luis Gonzalez
CIUDAD JUAREZ – Hundreds waited for hours to cross from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico to El Paso. This was after Texas Governor Gregg Abbott directed state troopers to intensify inspections of vehicles heading north.
“I’ve been here since 3 p.m. yesterday, I still haven’t been able to cross,” Mexican truck driver José Alberto Marin said as he waited to reach the port of entry.
He said, “Who knows how long it will take” and added that he was transporting lamps to the United States.
Following Wednesday’s directive by Abbott to the Department of Public Safety, which began conducting enhanced safety inspections at Texas ports of entry to Texas on Wednesday, commercial crossings of Ciudad Juarez to El Paso have slowed to snail’s pace.
Abbott’s orders cited the “cartels that traffic illicit contraband and people over our southern border” for the need to take more aggressive measures.
Manuel Sotelo (vice president of Mexico’s Northern Region’s National Chamber of Freight Transportation) said long waiting times could cause “catastrophes” in the country’s maritime and import-export sectors.
According to him, only 1,000 trucks from commercial businesses were able cross El Paso’s busiest bridge on Friday due to slowdown. This is down from the daily average of 2,000.
Abbott’s Office did not immediately reply to our request for comment.
Ciudad Juarez houses hundreds of factories. Some are owned by American and international corporations. They manufacture all kinds of products, including auto parts, electrical, medical, and other equipment. Most of them will be exported.