NM senators want expanded hours for port of entry

Posted at: 05/24/2013 3:33 PM
By: The Associated Press



SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's U.S. senators are asking the federal government for 24-hour daily operation of a port entry at Santa Teresa along the international border with Mexico.
    
Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich requested the expanded hours of operation Friday in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
    
Commercial traffic currently can use the border crossing from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. The port is open daily for non-commercial users from 6 a.m. to midnight.
    
The senators said extended hours of operation could increase trade and help create jobs in southern New Mexico.
    
The request came as New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and Chihuahua Gov. Cesar Duarte attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Santa Teresa for newly expanded port facilities, including more vehicle inspection lanes.

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