U.S., Mexico expand border lanes

The United States and Mexico today agreed to better border security measures, including expanding dedicated commuter and commercial lanes that use technology to facilitate travel to and from crossing points.

Among the planned improvements:

* Eight new Secure Electronic Network for Traveler's Rapid Inspection commuter lanes will be added this year at six additional land ports, including San Ysidoro and Calexico in California; Nogales, Ariz.; and El Paso, Laredo, and Brownsville in Texas. The six locations account for more than 90 percent of cross-border trade.

* Lanes at five additional land ports using the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program, which enhances security and safety of commercial trade. The ports include Nogales, Calexico, and Brownsville as well as Pharr, Texas, and Otay Mesa, Calif.

* Border Crossing Card readers will be installed in the next few months by a joint working group of the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program at all ports of entry for pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Tom Ridge, the Homeland Security Department's secretary, and Santiago Creel, Mexico's Interior secretary, signed several agreements to improve security planning, communication and surveillance along the borders.

Featured

  • Image: Shutterstock

    COVID, black swans and gray rhinos

    Steven Kelman suggests we should spend more time planning for the known risks on the horizon.

  • IT Modernization
    businessman dragging old computer monitor (Ollyy/Shutterstock.com)

    Pro-bono technologists look to help cash-strapped states struggling with legacy systems

    As COVID-19 exposed vulnerabilities in state and local government IT systems, the newly formed U.S. Digital Response stepped in to help.

Stay Connected