New Border Security Processes: System in Need of Overhauling

By Andrea-Teresa "Tess" Arenas - 04.28.2010

Millions of Mexicans cross the border legally through USA entry points to report to work each morning.  The lines to enter the USA are painfully long.  The line also has stringent rules enforced by the U.S. Border Patrol.

I was told to stop talking and turn off my cell phone while I was about 150 feet away from the USA entry point (in other words, while I was still in Mexico) by a U.S. Border Patrol Agent.

I had been in line for over an hour, the temperature was 106 degrees, and no shade.  My travel partner, another faculty person, fainted from the wait.  Then, we were processed quickly so an ambulance could be called on the U.S. side.

The Border crossing points are in need of a serious overhaul.  The process can be much more humane with some effort from both the U.S. and Mexico. Read more »