Imagine being stranded for ten hours, on a stretch of road no more than two hundred meters long, to go to work or school. This is the ordeal that some residents of the border between Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso, U.S, They are living for three weeks.
Waiting times have increased since the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) He moved to agents Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) to help process the thousands of asylum seekers who have begun arriving in this sector since late last year. The mayor of El Paso, Dee Margo, said long waiting times of the bridge will likely affect revenue sales taxes in El Paso, Mexico with fewer buyers who make the trip across the border.
Local entrepreneurs say that every day, due to delays in transporting goods from one country to another, It is costing millions of dollars. Losses are such that many maquiladoras began to choose to send their raw materials or finished products by air, what, coupled with timeouts, will increase the prices of goods. But, according to Luis Aguirre, President of the National Council of the Maquiladora Industry and Export Manufacturing (Index), at the least in El Paso, Texas, already they sold out options cargo charter flights.
To reduce the discomfort of motorists trapped in their vehicles trying to reach the other side, Ciudad Juarez authorities have placed portable toilets along the roads leading to the three main ports of entry of the city to the United States. Although this may mean a small reduction in the discomfort caused by the situation, border require an early solution to the authorities of both governments.