Border Crossings Decrease Because of Mexican Violence

POSTED: Monday, March 9, 2009 - 6:47pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm

Border crossings have been dropping since October 2007, and although local officials cannot confirm violence on the Mexican side is to blame for the drop, they do believe it has played a major role.

According to reports from the Hidalgo International Bridge, the number of pedestrians is down by more than 26,000 and the volume of vehicular traffic crossing the bridge is down more than 80,000 compared to this point last fiscal year.

Tomas Cortez is a taxi driver who used to drive across daily but has stopped crossing since the recent spike in violence.

“I’m not going over there to México. I rather go to McAllen, hidalgo.”

And because of that, his earnings have dropped significantly. He would drive away with $100 daily. Now, he says he's lucky if he even makes $50 per day.

Local officials believe there will be a bigger drop if violence in Reynosa continues to rise.

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