City of Sunland Park supports construction of new port of entry
It'll take between 3 to 5 years but the City of Sunland Park doesn't mind. They want to move forward with a project to build a new port of entry in their backyard.
"New Mexico now has a direct line from Albuquerque to Juarez."
Even though the construction of ports is a federal project, the US Department of State wants to make sure Sunland Park is on board. At a City Council meeting tonight, Council members gave the new port plan two thumbs up, and approved a resolution that supports it.
Project Manager Roberto Diaz de Leon says if this happens, it would promote a lot more business in many areas of the Borderland.
"The people who go northbound are not going to Sunland Park, they're going to El Paso, they're going to the mall, they're going to the outlet mall, they're going to Cruces, they're going to Albuquerque," said Diaz de Leon.
Most Sunland Park residents at tonight's city council meeting were supportive of the project but a bit nervous about the thought of more people passing through their community.
"I feel that it would be something that would be beneficial to our community but I do think they need to consider other options as far as transportation to make sure that our schools are safe, that there's not a lot of traffic," said Maria Gonzalez.