December 14, 2011
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – There are no boots on the ground at the newest port of entry between Mexico and Texas, which is under construction on the Rio Grande in the remote Big Bend National Park.
That’s because people who are crossing into and out of Mexico will show their papers to a machine when it opens in the spring.
“This port of entry will leverage cutting-edge technology that we have and increase security in the area,” said Roger Maier, Customs and Border Protection spokesman in Laredo.
The west Texas port of entry, the first unmanned border crossing with Mexico, sits along the Rio Grande across from the hardscrabble Mexican town of Boquillas del Carmen, and is more than 100 miles away from the nearest major crossing, at Presidio, Texas.