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Beto O'Rourke talks about border wait times
By: Krista Garvin
EL PASO, Texas- Many borderland residents know the frustration of long wait times to cross the border during the holiday shopping season. However, that may change by next year's holiday season.
El Paso congressman Beto O'rourke counts as one of his biggest accomplishments in his first year in office passage of the "cross border trade enhancement act" which allows the city of El Paso to set up a pilot program to spend local tax money to increase the staffing of customs and border protection officers at our ports of entry in an effort to reduce wait times.
Orourke says quote "Pretty soon, in the first quarter of 2014, we will start to see smaller lines, lower wait times at our ports of entry. And that means more jobs, more economic activity in our community."
He says, while the city will spend between one and one-and-a half million dollars to beef up c-b-p staffing at the bridges, revenue from the increased border crossing fees and sales tax revenue should more than offset the cost.