Border Wait Times Disrupt Holy Week

Barbara Schwarz
April 17, 2019 - 7:15 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - This is an especially bad week for long wait times at the Texas, Mexico border.

It's Holy Week, a time when many cross from Mexico to visit family and go shopping.  

Some international crossings were closed after hundreds of federal agents were diverted to help with a surge of migrants. 

Cindy Ramos-Davidson, CEO of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce says the wait used to be 45 minutes to an hour, now it's three hours. 

She says many Mexican shoppers now say many they'll cross just once a month as opposed to making two or three trips. "Lets see what that does to business when you're anticipating a heavy shopping week, especially during Holy Week.  That puts a dent in the economy from all different levels because those wait times are so long."

She says many in her community have duel citizenships and people are missing work.  "And this is finals week.  Students are getting ready to graduate and they can't get across with enough time.  And even if they do and they have class at eight, they have to be up and on the bridge by five o'clock and hope that the three hour wait will allow them enough time to get across."

She adds their restaurants are taking a hit, and many with people duel citizenships are also missing work, putting a further crimp on businesses