Border reopened Monday; Crowds, day-long lines fail to show


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM)- The border reopened Monday morning with much anticipation over the possibility of thousands crossing the bridges from Mexico. That excitement grew, as late-night lines were extended into Mexico, with up to a 5 hour wait to get into the U.S. However, once the day got underway, the traffic disappeared as quickly as the nightime sky, chased away by the sunrise.

Businesses anticipation turned into frustration, with the surge of Mexican shoppers failing to appear.

Samuel Lara employee from a local business here in El Paso compared today’s crowd to one on the weekend, with the lack of foot traffic coming in. He is, however, grateful for the border reopening with the holiday season upon us.

“I think it was most perfect time of the year to reopen the bridges, November and December are the most important months of the year that’s where we get more sales so its going to be good.”

Samuel Lara, DOWNTOWN BUSINESS employee

While it is only the first day of the bridge reopening, businesses owners are hopeful that business will pick within the coming days and months.

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