Amy Beddows 5:26 p.m., June 18
Filner wants funds
Soon-to-be former congressman seeking money to finish San Ysidro border crossing
In one of his last acts in Congress before setting up shop in the mayor’s office, Bob Filner earlier this week asked the U.S. General Services Administration to push for funding on the U.S. side of the San Ysidro border crossing.
“The San Ysidro port of entry is the world’s busiest land port, serving more than 50,000 vehicles and 25,000 pedestrians every day. We leave billions of dollars in commerce on the table every year due to an inefficient border,” says Filner in a release.
El Chaparral, Mexico’s new port of entry, has been operating for over a month. Funds are still held up for the United States side, where completion isn’t expected until 2016. For now, a sharp right turn re-routes border crossers to the new Mexican facility. Concern has been expressed that the detour will create the kind of border-crossing delays the new facility is intended to alleviate.