Bulldozer operators and laborers armed with sledgehammers demolished a significant portion of the soon-to-be-revised Puerto de Mexico garita on August 10.
The row of buildings — one of which was the destination for deported Mexicans arriving from the United States — will be replaced at the new under-construction Mexican border-crossing station.
The building complex ran alongside the U.S. border fence. In the featured photo, the steel gate is to the right, adjacent to the revolving turnstiles that let in international tourists from the U.S. A few feet inside the gate lies the official demarcation line that divides the United States and Mexico. A metal plaque was a favorite spot for tourists to pose for photos as they straddled both countries, a foot on each side of the line.
Deported Mexican nationals were brought to this point, in buses and under guard from the U.S., filtering through this gate and the now-pulverized buildings.
The demolition cut a wide swath along the Mexican side of the border fence and leads to the area where the new El Chaparral border station is going up.
Construction is advancing rapidly, recent news reports (Frontera) indicating that it is about 60 percent completed and will be opened in late October, as scheduled.