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Wait Times at Ports of Entry Increase During Holidays

POSTED: Friday, December 9, 2011 - 6:22pm

UPDATED: Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 9:57am

EL PASO- Bundle up if you want to cross the border.

Wait times are longer during the holiday season. Border agents say that's because people who don't typically travel from the U.S. into Mexico make the trip to visit family or shop.


One El Paso woman says she waited in the cold for up to two hours just to get to Juarez.


"The lines are horrible no matter what time it is and it's freezing outside. On top of having to wait in line outside, the lines go very slowly," says Maria Marin, traveler.

To avoid the long lines, border crossers can apply for the secure electronic network for travelers rapid inspection program. The membership fee is about $25 a year and could help you cross the border in minutes.

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inspection station. To me its amazing that the federal government has not done anything because in the long run, economic activity on both sides of the border would be even better.

You guys should be better informed. Number one, the "express lane" is saturated. In its design, it was meant for about 10,000 to 12,500 cars that needed to cross because of work and/other circumstances that seemed reasonable. But there are way to many cars on it. Number 2, the border wait times at ports of entry would be a whole lot faster if all the allotted capacity was met. As an example BODA has 16 lanes and only 9 are open. Another factor is the lack of standardization in the inspecti

If you dont want to wait in line longer than what you have to have your travel documents. Better yet dont' go at all.

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