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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.

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Javajoe25 Nov. 30, 2012 @ 11:18 a.m.

And this time Mexico is not to blame. Someone should have seen this coming and acted a lot sooner. Whoever is the District Representative here should have got this ball rolling as soon as they saw the Mexicans breaking ground for the new crossing. Someone was clearly asleep at the wheel. Inexcusable.


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