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POSTED: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 5:46pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 7:30am

EL PASO - Turns out, long lines at the international borders could be hurting El Paso's economy.

The Business Association is so convinced that's true, that they hosted a lunch today, to talk about the extremely long wait times from Mexico into El Paso. Customs and Border Protection was also there to hear their concerns.

"I used to have a shop at Cielo Vista...and I had to close that one, because of the clientele that stopped coming from Juarez," said business owner, David Burciaga.

"We look at what the wait times are every hour on the hour, both for vehicles and for pedestrians, and wherever we have flexibility, we pull people from other areas to try to provide the maximum amount of staffing... in order to facilitate the crossings," said Customs and Border Protection's Ana Hinojosa.

Hinojosa added that people can purchase special treatment at the bridges. The Century program, for example, can get a person into El Paso a bit faster; it costs $120 for five years.

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Just keep all the lanes open at the bridges and the wait would go down by 30 minutes. The Zaragosa bridge never has more than half its lanes open and the Santa Teresa crossing is a joke with double the wait time per vehicle of any other crossing. Whoever is in charge of these crossing should be fired, they hide behind the fact that security is there number one priory but its easy to see that there is no commitment by those in charge to offer a better service.

the only reason they care about waiting times is to force the customs and border protection to not do their jobs. it's easier to bring in more illegals, illegal merchandise and more drugs. i hope the customs and border protection will not give in and continue to check everything and everyone. they are doing a great job.

The Century program, for example, can get a person into El Paso a bit faster; it costs $120 for five years. WHAT IS THE WORLD COMING TOO.....jUAREZ SHOULD ALSO CHARGE ALL AMERICAN WORKING IN jUAREZ $250.00

If the Business Association is so convinced, then they must have facts to back up their beliefs.

Your readers would appreciate either a report or a link to those facts so we can understand what drives the Business Association to make the claims it does.

BOO HOO :(

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