Washington Post: The Migrant Wave Is Choking Cross-Border Trade

Breitbart | 4/11/2019 | Staff
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The Central American migration is choking the checkpoints used by trucks and traders to cross between the United States and Mexico, according to the Washington Post.

The paper reported:

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On Monday, cargo trucks waited up to two hours to cross the bridge from Mexico into Brownsville, Tex., a city that had no delays at this time last year. On El Paso’s Bridge of the Americas, cars and SUVs idled for 160 minutes, up from 45 minutes a year ago. Southern California’s Otay Mesa cargo processing section took 270 minutes to push trucks through its crossing this week, up from 50 minutes last year.

Business and political leaders are complaining about the delays, which are indirectly caused by Congress’s decisions to preserve border loopholes for Central American migrants. In March, 100,000 migrants rushed the border, and officials expect one million arrivals in the 12 months up to October.

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But the business complaints are not being used to pressure Congress to fix the border loopholes encouraging and rewarding the migrants.

Officials at the Department of Homeland Security are transferring officers from trade checkpoints to rural areas where migrants are crossing the border. The transferred officers are needed to tag the migrants before they are released via the loopholes to take jobs through the United States.

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“Currently each day we’re pulling approximately 40 percent of our agents on the Southwest border, and diverting them specifically for the humanitarian need, that is to care for, transport and process family units and UACs [Unaccompanied Alien Children],” Brian Hastings, an operations director at U.S. Border Patrol told Breitbart News.

The migrants are seeking the jobs and other benefits of living in the United States being offered by Congress to many millions of foreigners. The New York Times reported one pregnant Guatemalan’s rational explanation for accepting Congress’s offer:

“I didn’t want to come here at...
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