Those Mexican Border Lines

MP Mexico News Staff

Once again, there is a major Mexico news story in the LA Times about the lack of tourists visiting the Tijuana/Rosarito region these days due to reports of robberies and drug runners vs. the Feds battles. This is getting worse instead of better and Mexico needs to turn this around quickly before it spreads to other areas of the country. With tourism the 3rd largest money generator for the country, you can be sure that it is not going unnoticed and is causing some serious concerns.

But Mexico Premiere has another observation for the  Mexico business slowdown…the damn border waits!! We personally know of many people in SoCal who have quit making the weekend and day-trips across the border, not for fear of being harmed, but because they refuse to sit in two-hour traffic lines to re-enter the U.S. One person has just reported to us a mid-Monday morning crossing wait of 1 1/2 hours, and a full hour for the pedestrian line. This is unacceptable. MP does not want to consider how many empty beer cans are being refilled with recycled brew.

It is not the Mexican officials who are stopping the traffic flow. It is U.S. Customs, and we’re not sure why they are doing this. Whatever the reason, it needs to be changed. They are messing with many people’s livelihoods who can ill-afford to lose business. So, Customs guys…let’s speed it up a little. Either that or place a few outhouses along the path.,0,508172.story

5 thoughts on “Those Mexican Border Lines”

  1. the reason the u.s. customs are making it difficult is because it is part of a general policy to thwart mexico’s developemnt. no one can think that the border is stopping any terrorists, so it’s not a security measure. besides, the u.s. only buys stuff without added value from mexico: crude oil instead of gasoline, minerals instead of metals, grapes instead of wines. what the u.s. government fails to realize is that the country that is being hurt the most by this policy is the u.s. itself. we’ve stopped goint to san diego as well.

  2. I think you’re probably right, Antoine. I’ve been watching and crossing that border at TJ for over 30 years and it seems that the US has always used the gridlock tool whenever they need a concession from Mexico on another issue.

    Thanks for your thoughts…check in more often.


  3. I need some info. I am planning a trip to Guad. and had planed to cross at Nogales. A friend of mine had a bad time there.
    We will be leaving from Ca. I need some advice.
    Is there a better crossing ?
    Thanks Tom.

  4. Tom,

    If you’re leaving from CA you might consider crossing at TJ and going down Baja, then taking the ferry to the mainland. There are ferries from Santa Rosalia – Guaymas, La Paz – Topolobampo, La Paz – Mazatlan. You can Google for schedules. This a a fun and interesting way to go. Or, instead of Nogales, cross at Lukeville/Sonoita, the much smaller crossing west of Nogales. Any of these would be better than Nogales. Let me know if you have more questions.


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