The new pedestrian processing facility at the San Ysidro Port of Entry officially opened its doors on July 15. Dubbed PedWest, the facility is part of an overall effort between Mexico and the United States to expand and modernize the entire San Ysidro facility.
Currently, with over 70,000 vehicles and 25,000 pedestrians crossing its border every day, the San Ysidro Port of Entry represents the largest border crossing on the Western Hemisphere. Most of the trade between Mexico and the United States – which surpasses $1 billion every day – depends on the efficient movement of people and goods across this border. By overhauling the facility and cutting down border congestion and wait times, trade between businesses in the border region will improve, thus boosting the entire region’s economy.
While the Mexican side of the PedWest entrance has raised controversy due to its doubted safety, the Mexican federal government announced on July 27 its commitment to placing a permanent structure in September, which is earlier than their previous December completion date.
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