News Summary: New border crossing stalls

2 years after groundbreaking, project to build new US-Mexico border crossing is stalled

Associated Press

THE PLAN: By June, Tornillo, Texas, was supposed to be the site of a massive new customs-and-immigration facility that would provide a fourth international border crossing to handle U.S.-bound commercial traffic from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

THE DELAY: But nearly two years after a ceremonial groundbreaking, not a shovel of dirt has been moved south of the border. The Mexican government has not allocated any money for its share of the work, so the bridge building is stalled.

THE HOPES: Planners had hoped the $96 million undertaking would be an economic boon, attracting manufacturing plants and long lines of trucks that currently use two crossings between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso.

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