US extends border zone in southern New Mexico

Posted at: 06/07/2013 11:59 AM
By: The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The federal government is expanding a border zone for shopping and business northward in southern New Mexico, making it easier for visitors to reach Las Cruces and Deming.

Customs and Border Protection says the zone is being extended from the current 25 miles to 55 miles for holders of border crossing cards entering the United States by land.

The agency says expanding the border zone will stimulate commerce, trade and tourism in New Mexico while reducing unnecessary paperwork for travelers and CPB officers.

According to CPB, visitors can go deeper into New Mexico without obtaining a Form I-94 and undergoing includes a secondary inspection with an officer with interview, fingerprinting, database queries, and other paperwork to confirm legitimate travel.

Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation pressed for the change.

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