Homeland Security wants to expand NM border zone
August 9th 2012 · 15 Comments
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Wednesday the proposed changes to extend the border zone in New Mexico up to 55 miles, from the current 25 mile restriction, for “border crossing card” holders.
The proposed changes would allow those card holders to travel to Deming and Las Cruces, N.M. Proponents say the move would stimulate trade and tourism activity. It would also reduce the amount of paperwork for the border patrol when processing visitors with cards.
Changes are scheduled Thursday to be published in the federal register and the public will have 60 days to comment on them.
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