Friday, July 26, 2019
Border Crossing Like Never Before
Photo above appeared on the front page of the Laredo Times yesterday.
Tents and portable buildings are being put in place in a site near bridge 1. Once ready, federal officials plan to expedite the asylum claims of immigrants coming from Central America. CBP agents have been overwhelmed with the wave of people trying to set foot on U.S. land -- so much so that officials have been stationed at mid-bridge to prevent that from happening. People seeking asylum are being told to wait in Mexico in the meantime, a process referred to as metering.
(courtesy photo: Jose M. Reyes - July 12, 2019)
All sorts of impediments have been placed on bridge 1, both for drivers and pedestrians heading north. I have never seen anything like this. These are truly extraordinary tactics, all because of the current Administration in Washington, D.C.
It's been several years that I have crossed into Nuevo Laredo. I wouldn't dare do that now, for fear that I may run into severe pushback from bridge employees. I just hope I don't need any emergency dental care anytime soon.