Mexican and American federal officials mingle moments after the opening of the new Boquillas border crossing between Texas and Mexico, April 10, 2013. Photo: Lorne Matalon, Marfa Public Radio.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013: This morning, Marfa Public Radio news reporter Lorne Matalon was among the first to cross at the new international port of entry between Big Bend National Park, Texas, and Boquillas, Mexico.
After more than a year of wrangling, between officials in the United States and Mexico, this pedestrian crossing has now opened officially. KRTS spoke to residents of Boquillas, Mexico, about their joy and relief for the port opening.
Radio report at 2:15 PM KRTS News of Boquillas Port of Entry, 2:15 PM
Radio report at 5:05 PM KRTS News on Boquillas Port of Entry, 5:05 PM
Radio report at 5:45 PM KRTS News on Boquillas Port of Entry, 5:45 PM
On this day, in which this new border crossing opened, there was a immigration rally in Washington D.C. in a gathering called “All-In For Citizenship.”
The unmanned, pedestrian crossing is open Wednesdays through Sundays, from 9 AM to 5:30 PM, and U.S. citizens require a passport or pass card. Arriving into Mexico, travelers will be asked to fill out a visa.
Listen on Thursday to Morning Edition and All Things Considered for more on this story. Also at 10 AM, an hourlong commemoration of the border opening, live at 93.5 FM and streaming online at marfapublicradio.org.