Nov 27, 2011

The Border: Arizona border outpost one of the quietest in U.S.

An engaging, well-told story about the least used border crossing between Mexico and the U.S. "The official border-crossing point in Sasabe, a southern Arizona town, is one of the loneliest outposts on the entire 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border. ... On average, just 165 cars, trucks or pedestrians pass through the Sasabe port a day, according to Bureau of Transportation Statistics. In comparison, the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego, the busiest land port on the southern border, sees 120,000 crossings a day. That is twice as much traffic in a single day than passes through the Sasabe port in an entire year.

... To some border residents, the port also symbolizes broken promises and corruption in Mexico. In the 1990s, the U.S. spent several million dollars upgrading the port after Mexico promised to pave the road leading to El Sasabe. The planned highway was supposed to bring more traffic, commerce and tourism to both sides of the border. Nearly 20 years later, the highway remains unbuilt, leaving the Sasabe border crossing, in short, a port to nowhere." read more

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