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David Dodd

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Border crossing rules have changed at San Ysidro

I took the bus, the 905, from the Iris Ave. Trolley station to the Otay border crossing on Tuesday. It might have been a decade since I crossed that border on foot, and the bus to get there was unusually crowded. There were a lot of Gringos on it, standing room only. I think it's a safe assumption that they are crossing Otay to avoid San Ysidro. On that bus ride alone I heard tales of woe, apparently a few folks have been detained at San Ysidro for an entire day for attempting to cross repeatedly after not having appropriate travel documents. This is here-say, of course, not something one could write in an article. So far as bribing in order to gain access, that isn't possible in the new port of entry. There are cameras everywhere. I attempted to get some pictures of the new digs, but was told I would have to go through Mexico City to obtain permission since I apparently missed the grand opening. It's impressive, state of the art, old Tijuana is attempting a makeover when you enter. Visduh hit the nail on the head, it seems to be folly when scrutinizing pedestrians while allowing vehicles through without the same rules. Mexico is a lot like the U.S. when it comes to money allocated by the Federal Government - if they get it, they do what they can with it as quickly as they can, lest that money be stripped away and apportioned to other projects. Revo has yet to feel a real crunch from all of this, but I think they eventually will reach the conclusion that it's hurting their business. Immediate impact has been felt in the pedestrian corridor leading to downtown Tijuana. Businesses there are closing. Matingas is correct in the sense that one might be able to talk their way through. I did that a couple of weeks ago. It's entirely helpful if you speak fluent Spanish. Otherwise, I'm not sure how one would negotiate passage into Baja from San Ysidro. And the vast majority of Mexicans I interviewed in Tijuana think this isn't a great idea. Gringo money provides the local economy with liquidity, and that lubrication stopped after 9/11, what little still spills into here is precious. Figuroa and the Federal Government might not care much, but local pressure might sway them to relax their standards for entering a border city because money is really what this is all about here.
— October 8, 2015 7:48 a.m.

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