International Bridge agreement with U.S. Government

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POSTED: Monday, December 23, 2013 - 5:56pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 10:02am

Many of the international bridges in our area can now ask for federal manpower if needed.  

In an agreement signed today, international bridges in Pharr, McAllen, Cameron County and Rio Grande City can take on workers from federal agencies such as Customs and Border Protection if the need is there.  

When the new workers clock in for the bridge, they will stop being paid by the federal government and instead will be paid by the city where the bridge is located.  

These changes were spurred by the anticipation of more freight entering the country.  

"The produce has been a change in the American diet. They no longer are just interested in watermelons and cantelopes," President of the Starr-Carmargo Bridge Company  Sam Vale said.  "They want Asian fruits and vegetables, which are now being grown in huge quantities in Mexico. It'll result in business and jobs, and income in both our communities and our country."

Similar measures are taking place in other international transit places such as Miami, El Paso and the Dallas and Houston airports.  

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